|Mom Among Chaos reviews Disney's The BFG.|
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.
Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” & “The Black Stallion”), based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl.
My family and I went to see an early screening of Disney's The BFG. We saw it in 3D. My youngest daughter, who is 9, said that she didn't notice many things flying out at her. So it would be just as good at a 2D movie showing. My 9 year old said it was funny and scary. My 13 year old daughter described the movie as original, classic, silly, and colorful. Our favorite part was the dream catching scene. Oover a week later the girls are still talking about the Giant eating breakfast with the Queen of England. My family described it as a mixture of The Iron Giant, James and the Giant Peach, and The Boxtrolls. It is a nice family movie, with anti-bullying and "follow your dreams" themes. The only negative in my opinion was the amount of farting humor. Of course, all the kids in the audience think the farts are hilarious.
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