Friday, July 1, 2016

Movie Review: The BFG

Opening Date:                  Friday, July 1
Rating:                               PG
Running Time:                  110 Mins

I didn't know what to expect since I have never read the book written by Roald Dahl on which this movie is based. I was pleasantly surprised. My sons, husband, and I enjoyed the movie. The BFG is a story about a 10 year old orphan girl in London, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), who is taken to Giant Country by the BFG (which stands for Big Friendly Giant). At first, she's scared of him but soon discovers that the BFG (Mark Rylance) is a sweet, kind, word-jumbling, harmless giant who only eats Snozzcumber and drinks Frobscottle. The BFG's job is to collect dreams and deliver them to children. Other giants (ex: Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, Childchewer, Bonecrusher, Gizzardgulper) in Giant Country are all bigger than The BFG and are bullies. They like to pick on The BFG. An orphan and an outcast form a friendship and ally that stands up against mean giants who eat children. They enlist the help of the Queen (Penelope Wilton from Downton Abbey). 

The BFG was directed by Steven Spielberg. Production on The BFG was a combination of  live action and performance-capture techniques to bring the story’s characters to life, all on real sets that were built specifically for the film. Fantastic CGI (computer-generated imagery)! Wonderful performance by the cast! Ruby Barnhill is such a cute & talented young actress. Impressive sets! Great music by John Williams! This imaginative movie is not only entertaining but also heart-warming. The BFG is a humorous, whimsical film about adventure, friendship, loneliness, and hope that the whole family can enjoy. It's the size of the heart that matters, not how big you are!

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“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters today, July 1, 2016, which marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.

~Special thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing for the opportunity to attend an advance screening of The BFG in 3D for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
The BFG (2016) on IMDb

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