Over the last week I have had the opportunity to watch Disney’s The BFG three times! Since I was able to go to Los Angeles as part of Disney’s #TheBFGEvent and walk the red carpet at the world premiere as well as interview talent from the movie including the up and coming Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) and the spectacular Director Steven Spielberg. We also interviewed Mark Rylance (The BFG) and Jermaine Clement (FleshLumpEater). And Penelope Wilton (The Queen) and Rebecca Hall (Mary).
I have to admit that I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but from what I have heard, the movie has some differences from the book. With that being said, I enjoyed the movie immensely. It was packed with so much emotion, from a small amount of fear, to humor, to love and happiness. All of my family loved it. My four-year-old got so excited about all of it and worried and then excited. It was fun to watch her.
Here are 10 reasons your family will love Disney’s #TheBFG Movie:
- It has humor for everyone on every age level
- Whizpopper and Frobscottle will become part of your vocabulary
- Gobblefunk aka “Giant Language” is fun to listen to speak
- You will fall in love with The BFG and wish you had one
- “Fleshlumpeater” (Jemain Clement) and The BFG (Mark Rylance) are so funny together
- Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is full of determination and character. Your “Gigglers” (girls) will love her.
- “Chidlers” (children) will understand the meaning of the show – being that we need to stand up for what we believe in and be strong and brave.
- Steven Spielberg did an amazing job of directing this movie.
- We learn that we are in charge of our own destiny. Anything can happen.
- It is a good family movie. (Good for all ages)
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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.
Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. To date, the book has been published in 41 languages. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda,” have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories. “It was very important for us to be loyal to the language,” says Spielberg, “and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ wrote ‘The BFG.’”