THE BFG – Never Look Behind the Curtain

Spoiler-free review of Disney’s THE BFG

THE BFG

For the first time, Roald Dahl’s THE BFG has been brought to the big screen, telling the story of the BFG, a giant, and Sophie, an orphan, and their adventures.

THE BFG

In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

The BFG is a dream-catching giant, who is caught sharing dreams by Sophie, an insomniac orphan, who is both curious and brave (fortunately – being curious and timid wouldn’t be nearly as fun).  Having been espied by Sophie, the BFG liberates Sophie from the orphanage, carrying her off to his home in Giant Country in the northernmost north of England.  Although many of you have probably read “THE BFG,” there are, undoubtedly, some who haven’t, so I’m not going to reveal too much more of the details of the story.  The most important elements of Dahl’s story have been  carried over to the movie, including snozzcumbers, frobscottle, and the fearsome band of bean-eating giants.

THE BFG

(Left to right) Gizzardgulper, Childchewer, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Manhugger, Fleshlumpeater, Meatdripper, Butcher Boy, and Bonecruncher surround the BFG in Disney’s THE BFG, the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, the film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

The themes of the story revolve around courage and friendship.  The BFG and Sophie are both courageous.  Despite very frightening circumstances, they both stand up for themselves; face bullies and other intimidating people; take leaps of faith and trust, especially with each other; and stand firmly for who they are, not conforming, even if it would be easier for them, if they did.

THE BFG

Disney’s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

Stephen Spielberg, a master director, has brought master storyteller Roald Dahl’s story and Quentin Blake’s illustrations to life, almost literally.  The giants all look like Blake’s illustrations, but with the voice actors’ faces.

THE BFG

Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance stars as the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) in Disney’s fantasy-adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, which opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

Mark Rylance does his best Joe Grundy (The Archers fans will recognize this reference – the rest of you should check out The Archers) as BFG, mastering his mispronunciations and the various words from the giants’ language that make their way into the story (snozzcumbers, human beans, whizpopping, etc.).  Ruby Barnhill is young and was clearly trying hard (maybe a little too hard) to play Sophie as a less-mature 10-year-old than the character is written.  For most of the film, though, Barnhill really seemed to be Sophie.

THE BFG

Disney”s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar(R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, the film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

My favorite scene depicts the BFG’s dreamcatching skills.  He’s brought Sophie with him and they dive into the task with the reverence and joy that dreamcatching demands.  The scenery throughout the movie is lovely and never more so than in this scene.

THE BFG

Disney’s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

 

The dream-disbursing scene is nearly as beautiful.  The BFG transmits the captured dreams to children via a trumpet-like devise.  What a lovely image, thanks to Dahl, that Spielberg has been able to visualize for us!

THE BFG

In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) from Giant Country, visits London at night when the city is asleep. The film opens in theaters nationwide July 1.

 

THE BFG is fun for the whole family.  Children of all ages will enjoy it.  It has humor and heart, heroes and villains, adventure and home-making, and, most importantly, the nostalgia of the story for parents and the discovery of the BFG (and whizpopping) for children.  The ending is different from the book’s and Spielberg’s interpretation of “The BFG” is more national and less global than Dahl’s, but the story doesn’t suffer too much as a result.

THE BFG

In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

 

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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.