I received the opportunity of prescreening Disney’s BFG with my oldest daughter in exchange for this review. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
By now you have most likely seen the trailer for Disney’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant). To bring you up to speed on this upcoming Disney movie creation, check out a brief summary below:
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 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. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers. “The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth. (WALT DISNEY PICTURES) This film is rated PG.
I will be honest, when I first saw the trailers I wasn’t impressed or really eager to see it. The giants looked creepy to me so I dismissed it pretty quickly until a few days later when I received my blogger invite to see the movie. My oldest, Kelly (13) jumped at the opportunity to come and review the movie with me. Guess what? WE LOVED IT! It’s awesome. Not only are the graphics amazing with 3D or without, the story line is amazing and you instantly fall in love with BFG and little Sophie.
At first glance, the friendly giant is definitely not a handsome creature, but when he smiles, it is warm, friendly, and actually beautiful! BFG takes you on a rollercoaster of adventure and emotions. Just wait until you hear BFG speak. You will bust a gut! There are also some pretty hilarious scenes in the movie, but I won’t ruin that for you. Little Sophie’s interaction and relationship with him becomes endearing .
Here is what my 13 year old has to say about the movie:
It was way better then I expected! I had seen the movie preview and got curious. Something I learned is to never judge a book (or movie so-to-speak) by its cover. ~Kelly, 13
There are a few intense scenes with the giants that may not be suitable for little eyes and ears. I suggest the movie is suitable for ages 10+, but like I always say, you know your child better than anyone else!
Disney’s BFG opens in theatres today!
*Images courtesy of Disney Media
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