Disclosure: I received an all expense paid press trip in exchange for my honest coverage of Disney’s The BFG, Disney XD’s Future-Worm, and related events.
Photographs courtesy of Coralie Seright, LovebugsAndPostcards.com – Film Images provided by Disney.
If you’ve been one of the many following along and reading my posts, you know I had the amazing opportunity to screen Disney’s The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) when I was in Los Angeles last week. Not only did I get to screen it the first night all of the bloggers were together, but I also watched it again with all of the talent and crew of the movie in the historic El Capitan, following the red carpet premiere. Now I can finally share Disney’s The BFG Film Review from my perspective — spoiler free!
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.
So what did I gather from this film? Appearance wise, it was so well done. The imagery of each scene was appropriate and magical each and every moment along the way. Story-line? While it does not follow the book 100%, that does not take away from it at all. I will be completely honest when I tell you that Roald Dahl’s The BFG is one of his works I was less familiar with than the other classics he’s given us. I was pleasantly surprised with how the story and film kept my attention, especially with me going into it with quite the unbiased mindset.
Perhaps, as I delve deeper into my feelings in regards to what I got out of the film, I can share with you I felt it held lessons of trust, how to overcome obstacles in life, being kind (or not), building confidence, and believing in the power of dreams. Dreams may be a predictable answer considering The BFG is a dream catcher.
If you’re wondering if it’s okay to take your young children to this PG rated movie, I would say yes. (and I am a firm, yet lenient in some ways, parent). Obviously with a PG rating, you’ll be with your children, probably going as a family anyway. Some younger children may be startled with some of the giants being ‘in their face’ on-screen, while it really may just fascinate others. It’s all in how it’s sensationalized or what they’ve been around in my opinion. While I found this film very enjoyable, and can’t wait to see it again, I am just being up front with you about scenes or the giants. Honestly, just use your best judgement as a parent. My children are going to be 6 and 7 this year, and I’d take them.
With all of that said, get your tickets purchased — Disney’s The BFG is in theaters TODAY, 7/1!!
Don’t miss my previous posts about walking the red carpet, interviewing director Steven Spielberg and Ruby Barnhill (“Sophie”), Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall, and Mark Rylance and Jemaine Clement.