Magic and Adventure in Disney’s The BFG

Middle Grade, Movie Review
The BFG by Roald Dahl | Disney movie | batchofbooks.com

Miss K and I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of Disney’s The BFG movie. Roald Dahl wrote many books, but The BFG is one of my favorites. I read it to my kids a couple years ago and they loved it too, so we had high expectations for the movie. When transferring a beloved book to the big screen, meeting expectations is nearly impossible. However, Steven Spielberg and his team put in the work necessary to make this movie a success.

 

About the Movie

The BFG from Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg –finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

 

Miss K’s Thoughts on The BFG Movie

The BFG is about a girl who sees a giant and the giant takes her to his house. I liked The BFG because BFG and the girl are going to stop the bigger giants from eating kids. My favorite part was when the people catch the giants.

If you like giants or adventure you might like this movie. It is very funny.

My Thoughts on The BFG Movie

In case you’ve lived on Mars up until now, The BFG movie is a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. Young orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant, who takes her home to Giant Country. While most giants see her as a tasty snack, Sophie’s kidnapper doesn’t eat children. As Sophie and the BFG become best friends, they make plans to intercept the other giants’ despicable plans.

The movie followed the book closely, which surprised me in a good way. Some adaptations had to be made, but it stuck to the original story pretty well.

Sophie is a charming, sweet girl with spunk. The BFG is kind, funny, and possesses a deeper side that is beautifully depicted in the film. The acting is spot on in this movie. The computer animation struck that perfect balance between realism and fantasy. Honestly, I don’t think Steven Spielberg and his crew could have done a better job with this movie. The bad giants are scary, but not too scary for the kids watching it. Sophie is courageous, but not reckless. The BFG is a dreamer, but also a doer.

Fans of the book, Spielberg, and good children’s movies will be swept away into the adventure and magic of the movie. Audiences will adore the charming friendship forged between an orphan and her enormous kidnapper.

Want to read the book first? Get it on Amazon.

Will you be taking your kids to see The BFG? It opens in theaters July 1 (that’s today!).

 

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