The following is a movie review for the new Disney film The BFG. Beltway Bargain Mom and kids were invited to attend a special pre-screening of the film earlier this week, and I’m excited to share this with you!
The newest Steven Spielberg – Disney collaboration has arrived on the 100th anniversary of the BFG author Roald Dahl’s birth and it’s creating quite the buzz in summer entertainment!
I’ll admit, it’s always a little nerve-wracking to see a childhood classic turned into a movie for the first time. You hope that it lives up to the book, you ponder what changes they’ll make and what liberties they may take with the original storyline. And when handling a tale from beloved children’s author Roald Dahl — who has had various books turned into films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Matilda — it certainly is a highly anticipated event!
In case you aren’t familiar with the premise of the story, here is the plot:
A young orphan named Sophie, sees a giant outside her window in 1980’s London at nighttime, and is then whisked away to Giant Country by the Big Friendly Giant (BFG). Although quite startled and upset that she has been kidnapped, Sophie comes to befriend the BFG and discover a whole new land full of giants.
Sophie discovers that the BFG has a very important job as a Dream Catcher; he is in charge of gathering and delivering dreams to people! Although Sophie herself has had trouble sleeping in the middle of the night, the BFG is able to help her dream and catch the best dream ever. Her whole adventure in itself is somewhat of a dream-come-true for this poor orphan girl who uncovers a whole world of giant-sized amazement and wonder, through her friendship with the BFG.
Together, Sophie and her friend, the BFG, face the terrifying, man-eating giants who rule Giant Country. Sophie and the BFG come up with a plan to prevent more missing persons cases in London, by stopping the other mean, flesh-eating giants from devouring unsuspecting people. They even get the Queen of England involved in this mission!
Both of my children, ages 5 and 10, enjoyed this movie. My 10 year old had just finished reading the book a month ago, and he loved seeing the film adaption of this classic.
My son’s favorite part of the movie was when Sophie (and later the Queen of England!) drank the Frobscotttle and had a Whizzpopper reaction. These scenes with this dangerously delicious, yet explosive green drink, are sure to get your kids squealing with laughter (“fart” humor, of course!).
Disney’s The BFG is a great family film, chock-full of giant-sized adventure, imagination and fantastical whimsy. I’d definitely recommend it to other families who are looking for good movies to watch at the theater this summer!
Disney’s The BFG is a fantasy-adventure film rated PG. It opens in theaters on July 1, 2016. The movie length is 1 hour and 57 minutes.
*I was invited to attend a special, pre-screening event of Disney’s The BFG for members of the press and their guests. Please note, I am not a movie critic and was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own.