From the page to the screen here comes The BFG
The beloved children’s book The BFG has made it to the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg its a rather fun ride into the world or dreams and giants.
I actually wasn’t familiar with this book based on how old I was when it was realized but I am familiar with Roald Dahl. I read James and the Giant Peach after seeing the film. Watching this movie with zero clue of the plot of conclusion was rather refreshing. The BFG tells the story of an orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who late at night because of her insomnia does all the maintenance that the caretaker neglects. who one night sees a giant outside her window. Since he’s been seen the BFG (Mark Rylance) kidnaps her and takes her to Giant Country where she finds out he’s the smallest of many other giants and his life’s work is making and giving people dreams.
It’s a rather entertaining film and pretty short to keep the smaller kids focused but not the really small ones. I don’t think the under 5 will have the ability to sit thru it and may be frightened by abduction, nightmare sequences and the giant tortures. The 3D is the immersible type not too many jump out of you moments and while the CGI is good enough it looks off in the scenes where Sophie rides on the BFG’s shoulder. There’s some interesting moments with The Queen (Penelope Wilton) later in the film that are sure to get the kids giggling like mad.
Overall its age appropriate for any kid who you’ve probably read the BFG to who can hold a long enough attention span to sit thru the story builds. Bill Hader and Rebecca Hall also star.
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 117 minutes