Last week my son and I had the privilege to screen Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG! We’ve been eagerly awaiting this Disney film based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 tale that brought you Dream Country, snozzcumbers, Whizzpopping, Sophie, and of course… a big friendly giant. Yup! He’s the BFG the title refers to, and he’s certainly not like the other giants in Giant Country.
This family-friendly adventure stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the voice (and facial likeness!) of the BFG, and Ruby Barnhill as the precocious and spirited Sophie. The film opens with lonely Sophie reading at night in the orphanage where she resides. In the middle of the night, she spots the BFG and he decides to take her to Giant Country out of fear she’ll tell the world about the giant she spotted. It is then that their adventure together begins!
At first Sophie wants to head home, but she is quick won over by the BFG’s enduring personality and funny vocabulary or words! BFG isn’t a cannibal like the much larger giants (led by The Fleshlumpeater, voiced by Jemaine Clement). He prefers a vegetarian diet of snozzcumbers, and speaking in Gobblefunk!
Sophie learns that the BFG likes to spend his time collecting and bottling dreams (both good and bad!), He then spends his nights implanting them in the minds of sleeping humans. My son especially loved the seen where the BFG gives a boy the dream that he receives a call from the President of the United States of America!
While Sophie has learned to love Giant Country, the other Giants have decided they want to eat this “human bean!” The BFG decides the best way to protect Sophie is just to take her back to the orphanage. Sophie wants nothing of this! She does not like the way the Giant bully BFG and she encourages him to find the courage to stand up for himself. Together, the two friends decide they must put a stop to the Giants’ cannibalistic ways (to protect other children.) With courage fresh on the mind, the two recruit the Queen of England and her military to devise a plan.
My son and I could not stop laughing during the scene where the friendly giant finally meets the Queen and sits down to breakfast with her! Earlier in the the film, the audience is introduced to BFG’s favorite fizzy drink, frobscottle. Since the bubbles sink downwards, this drink causes quite the noisy flatulence. My son was full of chuckles as the Queen and her court gulped down the frobscottle… You can probably guess what happened next!
One aspect I loved about the film was the stunning visuals of Giant Country and Dream Country. The rolling green hills and rocky terrain of Giant Country honestly make you feel like you are on a fantasy island of sorts, not far from the UK.
During the movie, the friendly giant takes Sophie with him to Dream Country to go catch a few dreams. When they come upon all the dreams swirling and twirling around, the visual is breathtaking. You can feel the magic right then and there.
Overall I found the movie to be a family-friendly film ending on a high note. The BFG himself is a CGI marvel and I applaud Spielberg’s team for their work on this friendly giant. You can tell there is a bit of sadness surrounding him, and will find out why in the film. However you see a transformation in him through finding courage and befriending Sophie. The film truly is a stunning adventure, centered around friendship and bravery.
Check out the trailer, featurette, and other clips below…
The BFG Trailer
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Disney Legacy Featurette
Brave Sophie Featurette
The BFG Visits Buckingham Palace Film Clip
Trying To Catch A Phizzwizard Film Clip
Any plans to see THE BFG this weekend?
I attended a private screening and received above information as a blogger via Walt Disney Publications. All opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.