Year of Release: 2016
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader, Adam Godley, Daniel Bacon, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jonathan Holmes
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
Steven Spielberg collaborated for the last time with screenwriter Melissa Mathison for this adaptation (they collaborated previously on "E.T."). The film once again focuses on a young hero at odds with a world that has its fair share of sadness and loneliness. It's another hero whose inner strength surpasses all disbelief and who finds an ally, love and acceptance from another outsider, much like herself. Young Sophie is very much the "Spielberg"-like hero, filled with love, saddened by some traumatic events, but capable of love and filled with an indomitable will. This is a film filled with a joyous tone, where dreams are indeed manufactured, captured and brought to life. The film features fantastic visual effects, and great performances from Mark Rylance and the young Ruby Barnhill. The score from John William is beautiful, as is the cinematography from Janusz Kaminski. A very good film from a master of storytelling.