One of my favorite childhood books by one of my favorite children’s authors has come to life in a whimsical, beautiful way. The BFG is one of those books that captures your imagination as a child and continues to inspire you as an adult. When this movie was first announced, bringing together Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Studios, and Roald Dahl I could not believe it. This was finally going to happen. And now you can chase your dreams with The BFG because he is finally here.
Brave Sophie meets our Big Friendly Giant when he takes her from the orphanage she lives in. At first she wants to escape from him and leave Giant Country. But she soon realizes those other nasty Giants will eat her, because she is a tasty human bean. Sophie’s heart, and ours, breaks for how the mean Giants treat The BFG. She wants him to do something about it, but he is only a runt and what can he do? In the end, with the help of Her Majester the Queen and other nations the big giants are sent away where you and I will never go, and where they will not be able to eat anymore human beans.
For an avid fan of the book, I left the theater thinking wow. Roald Dahl is a very descriptive writer, he brings his world to life using beautiful imagery. Steven Spielberg and Disney worked hard to translate his world onto the big screen and I can tell you they did a wonderful job. The way The BFG moves and melts into his surroundings to his wonderful way of talking, I just loved every minute of this movie.
My favorite part was when Sophie and The BFG were catching dreams. It was stunning visually and really I do not have the words to explain it any more than that. I felt like I was a kid again, experiencing the wonders of where dreams come from.
“Trying to catch a Phizzwizard”
My son loved when The BFG shared his Frobscottle with the Queen and her attendants. Especially when the bubbles caused a lot of Whizzpoppers!
My daughter has read and loves the book as well. She said the whole movie was so cool. And if she had to pick a favorite that wasn’t already taken by her brother and I it would be when The BFG was mixing the dreams together. I agree, it was a truly magical moment.
Everyone has asked me: Is it scary? If you have read the book you know the Giants have a taste for Human Beans. It describes which Giant prefers which type of Bean. The movie does not go into a lot of detail of which kinds of humans the Giants eat. Leaving it at they only eat humans. Towards the end of the book, we learn how many humans are disappearing and just how these giants guzzle and snatch them. The movie again does not get into all of that in great detail which I think is for the best. Reading it is one thing. Seeing it can be quite another. The Queen has her dream about the Giants and she is reading a newspaper with the headline about missing children. Nothing is missing from the story, don’t worry!
The scariest part for my son was when Sophie first arrives in Giant country determined to escape. The BFG unbeknownst to her, creates a dream that shows her what will happen if she does. She will be swallowed by Bloodbottler. I made sure to lean over and whisper to him this was just a dream. He closed his eyes but relaxed after seeing Mommy knew what she was talking about.
All the little details that make the book so wonderful, were found in The BFG. From the labels on his dream bottles to just making him how I always imagined him to look and sound like. This movie is one for every man, woman, and child that has ever loved and wished they too could know and have an adventure with The Big Friendly Giant.
“The BFG visits Buckingham Palace”