We LOVED The BFG! Even if you haven’t read the book, it’s a wonderful movie. Read on for more details!
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. TheBFG (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 Queen Victoria (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.
Should I take my child to see The BFG?
Watching the trailer above is a good way to gauge your child’s interest in the movie, and also to see if it might be too intense for them. Jack (11) and I think that this is a great movie for all kids who have read the book, and kids ages 5 and up who have not read the book. Reading the book takes a little of the “scariness” away, because you know that the giant is a friendly one, and not out to hurt the little girl in the movie when he takes her away from the orphanage at night.
If you’re thinking about taking your kids, here’s what you need to know:
- The giant talks in a fun language that is sometimes difficult to understand
- There are some scenes where the other giants bully BFG. These scenes are a little sad, but not violent in any way.
- BFG takes Sophie out of her bed and brings her to his house in Giant Country. For a little bit, at first, the audience isn’t sure if BFG will eat her or not. Don’t worry–he doesn’t!
I recommend bringing your family to see The BFG–it’s a funny and endearing movie for everyone!