Friday, July 01, 2016

Disney's The Big Friendly Giant - In Theatres Now

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" tells the story of the relationship between and adventures of a kindly giant and the young orphan girl, Sophie, whom he abducts one night. She initially believes he wants to eat her, but he explains he had to take her because she had seen him, and the world must not know of the giants. BFG is the runt of the giants, and the only one who does not hunt and eat humans. Naturally this proves to be a big problem once the others realise he is harbouring a human "bean."

We get to know BFG as the movie progesses. We see him bullied by the larger giants. We see his big heart. And we see him get to know himself a little better as well, and what he is actually capable of achieving. 

As things get more desperate with the giants and their hunt, Sophie hatches a plan and has to convince BFG to make himself known to the only human in England who can help them - the Queen herself. The sequences in the castle are perhaps the best and funniest of the movie, and include quite a few jokes for the grown-ups. And there's fart jokes, so that's there for the kids :)

"The BFG" combines live action and digital, and the technology is truly amazing. BFG looks so real, and nothing is lost in the digital translation of his facial expressions and his eyes. It's easy to forget that you are looking at the digital interpretation of the actor.

With the amazing creative team behind this film, you can certainly go in with high expectations. And I don't think you'll be disappointed. I will say that I didn't get excited about the first 15 or 20 minutes, but once the story began to come together for me I was hooked. And I fell completely in love with BFG himself, an utterly charming character whose mangling of the English language just makes him even more endearing - and funny! Full disclosure - I have never read the Dahl book on which the movie is based, so I can't compare to the original story. I'd love to hear thoughts from any of you who have!

Disclosure: Boo and I received complimentary access to a preview screening of this movie for review purposes. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.

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