The BFG is a classic Roald Dahl tale and the film certainly stays true to the story.
When: In cinemas 30 June 2016
Thank you to Meetoo contributor Anna for attending the preview and sharing this great insight and review
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – 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.
“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.
Sophie is an insomniac orphan who ends up being taken by the lonely BFG. Although he is friendly and kind-hearted, his fellow giants are bullies who like to eat human children. Eventually, Sophie and the BFG come up with a plan to defeat the unfriendly Giants.
This movie has all the traits of a quality Disney movie, suitable for the whole family. And some superb special effects and magical scenery. The high-quality animations are used to great effect.
Some of the early scenes could be a little frightening for younger pre-school viewers but most school aged children should find it engaging and entertaining.
In true Disney style, The BFG glosses over some of the more confronting issues raised in the film (such as cannibalism, child abduction and loneliness) and focuses more on the language, the laughs and the magic.
Although quite long it’s a children’s movie the kids will love and the parents should find engaging enough to stay awake for.