The BFG: “The Big Friendly Giant”

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Having not have read Roald Dahl’s classic “The BFG”, I was not sure what to expect. I felt that it was a decent film but it did have moments where the story dragged on a bit when I felt it should have moved on through the story more. Despite a few drawn out segments, the film had it’s share of suspenseful, sentimental and amusing scenes which made this film, while not spectacular, worth viewing. Like the book itself, the film carries many themes that can studied such as friendship and loyalty among others. As a homeschooler, I think coupled with the original book, this film would make a great source for a unit study. By itself, the film is refreshing as it is something different than the normal happily ever after story.

BFG Synopsis:

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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.

Rated PG

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THE BFG hits theaters everywhere on July 1st!

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