Disclaimer: I was invited to a complimentary sneak preview of Disney’s THE BFG.
It has been a summer full of fun movie outings! I love that it gives me the chance to have a little one on one time with my two oldest. This time it was Julia’s turn. She loves Roald Dahl, so I was glad it worked out that way!
From the studio: 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 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.
Julia and I loved the movie. It was so very sweet. We laughed out loud at the wonderfully silly words. I wished I had remembered more of them, and was so excited today when I received a PDF of all the fun words! (you can download the PDF below!)
From Julia: I loved the art. It was very magical to watch and beautifully done!
I loved the story. Ruby Barnhill was absolutely amazing. There was never a moment that you doubted that she was conversing with a huge giant. Her acting was absolutely brilliant! Her awe, wonder, fright, and bravery were exactly what you would expect from a darling 10 year old that wanted to explore the world and change her circumstances. The idea that a kind giant is in charge of the dreams in the world, capturing nightmares and giving sweet dreams to children is absolutely heart warming. You kind of wish it were completely true.
Disney sent over free printables for you!
- BFG Coloring Pages
- BFG Giant Country Maze
- The Gobblefunk Word Search (my personal favorite! I will be challenging my family to use at least one Gobblefunk word everyday!)
Now for the important questions: Would I take the other kids to see it?
Nate (13) would really like it. The CGI is absolutely seamless. He would love to watch that!
Riley (5) would probably like it. There is a scene with plenty of little boy humor that I think he would absolutely crack up at. The silly words and the giants are wonderfully perfect for his age.
If you are wondering what attracted Director Steven Spielberg to choose this book, this is a wonderful featurette:
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When you go see it, let me know what you think!