The heroine is a precocious orphan called Sophie, who is snatched from her bed at the witching hour by a hooded 24-feet tall figure, The BFG.
A tender and deeply touching friendship is forged between Sophie and her kind-hearted abductor.
The on-screen rapport between the Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance and young co-star Ruby Barnhill galvanizes the picture.
Sophie and The BFG embark on a hare-brained scheme to visit The Queen at Buckingham Palace in a bid to get rid of some bullying filthsome giants.
Directed with verve by Steven Spielberg, The BFG is a visually arresting ride that gently tugs heartstrings in between rollicking set pieces.