A new Steven Spielberg is always going to be a major event, and while this child-oriented offering can’t quite match the heights of ET, nobody had a go at Michaelangelo when his later frescoes didn’t quite match the Sistine Chapel. Everybody knows the book, so let’s not bother with synopsis – all you need to know is that a motion-captured Mark Rylance is perfect as the eponymous giant, and Spielberg palpably delights in creating his world. A slightly meandering middle might try the patience of young 'uns, and the interactions between the live action Sophie, and the various computer-born giants are at times awkward in their realisation, but a master on an off day is still a master. Times
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