The BFG Film Review
About the film
Director: Stephen Spielberg
Producer: Stephen Spielberg
Running time: 1 hour 57 mins
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Action
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios
Mark Rylance - The BFG
Ruby Barnhill - Sophie
Bill Hader- Bloodbottler
Jemaine Clement - Fleshlumpeater,
Penelope Wilton - Queen Elizabeth II
Based on the Roald Dahl book, The BFG has had a makeover with this 2016 film. Sophie is a 10 year old little girl who lives in an Orphanage. It's not a very nice one either, and she's not very happy there. One night she can't sleep and is reading a book. When she looks out of the window she spots a giant of an old man. The giant captures her and takes her to Giant Country. Because Sophie has seen the giant, he informs her that she must stay with him for the rest of her life because she spotted him. Initially, she is scared and nervous, but she grows to like him and nicknames him The BFG. She thinks he is a big friendly giant, so shortens his name to BFG.
Giant Country also inhabits 9 other giants, who are much bigger and taller than The BFG. Actually, they make The BFG look like a midget when you see them together! And these giants are hungry for 'human beans.' Fleshlumpeater is the leader of the giants and smells Sophie when he goes into the BFG's home. With a world full of mystical dreams and nightmares, we see how Sophie warms to The BFG and he, in return, protects her from these giants. The BFG is being bullied by these larger giants, and we see how The BFG and Sophie stand up to these horrid giants.
Of course, with this being a Stephen Spielberg film, you can expect excellence. And you get this in abundance. The magic of Giant Country is lovely and I love how they make The BFG and the other giants look so realistic. The part I really enjoyed the best was when they visited Dream Country to catch dreams. I thought this was beautifully done, and so magical.
The Queen, played by Penelope Wilton, plays a good part. Sophie and The BFG go to visit her after giving her a nightmare about the giants eating children. They plan to ask her to send soldiers to help with getting rid of the giants and stop them from eating children. It's quite surreal seeing someone play the Queen and having a child and giant round for breakfast. I found this scene quite entertaining to watch.
I've not read the book or watched the original BFG film, so the story is new to me. I've always admired Stephen Spielberg, so new this would be another one of his great movies. Although aimed for children, I really did enjoy watching this. The graphics are excellent. I love how they made the giants look so realistic, and Sophie so tiny stood next to them. Even The BFG looked small compared to the 9 other, more larger giants. I love how The BFG talks and the words and phrases he used. This is a beautifully well made film, and would thoroughly recommend it if you haven't seen it already.
Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping is forbidden among human beans.— The BFG
The BFG official trailer
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