Five Reasons to See The BFG

The BFG is out in theaters today, and if you are wondering if you will like the new Disney movie, this post may answer that question. Here are five reasons see The BFG.

 Five Reasons to See The BFG

Director Steven Spielberg on the set of Disney's THE BFG, based on the best-sellling book by Roald Dahl.
Director Steven Spielberg on the set of Disney’s THE BFG, based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl.

Steven Spielberg.

I shared in my interview with Steven what he wanted people to walk away from with this movie. I just want people to understand how important it is to both give and receive hugs. And it doesn’t matter how different the person looks. How tall they are or how short they are or what color they are or what language they speak or what their different beliefs are that we all need to hug each other and we have to hug each other more when we’re so different from each other. That’s what I hope people get from this.”

Critics have compared the film to the feel of ET. I can easily see why. With the whole direction, I believe this movie will live on for years to come.

Ruby Barnhill is Sophie in Disney's imaginative adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl which tells the story of a young girl and the Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.
Ruby Barnhill is Sophie in Disney’sTHE BFG

Ruby Barnhill.

Putting aside the fact that this is her first film, her professionalism is one of a seasoned actress and her on-screen performance as Sophie is hard not to love. She’s quick witted, and can hold her own against The BFG. Steven waited eight months to cast the role, and he shared what it was like when he finally found his Sophie.

“I had not found Sophie after eight months of casting. I believe that Nina Gold saw maybe a couple thousand of qualified young people, both unknowns and working young actresses. I was not giving up hope that I would find her, but I was starting to look at my third and fourth and fifth choices. I was about to compromise when all the sudden I saw the audition that Ruby Barnhill and her parents had sent into Nina Gold. And, my whole life changed for the better in that instant. Everything was okay with the world at that point. I was so excited.” 

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.
In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG.

The Story.

If you are like me and you have read the story and you were worried about the movie not staying true to the book, you need not to worry friends. Melissa Mathison, who had written ET for Steven, adapted the Rob Dahl book into a script that Kathy Kennedy was gonna produce. They shared the script with Steven and he shares, “I fell in love with all over again. And that was the first time I saw that it could be a movie.”

So yes, even if you read the book, you will love the film.

(Left to right) Gizzardgulper, Childchewer, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Manhugger, Fleshlumpeater, Meatdripper, Butcher Boy, and Bonecruncher surround the BFG in Disney's THE BFG, the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, the film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

The visual effects.

I am weird when it comes to movies that are fantasy. I need it to be pretty seamless to enjoy the film and not get distracted by the poor effects. Everything about The BFG was visually amazing. Within the first few minutes of when BFG was on the screen, I got lost in the story. Just as it should be with a movie like this one.

For the whole family.

It’s always nice to go to a film that you can enjoy with your entire family. There are a few scenes that could be a little scary for little ones, but I saw it in a theater with kids ranging from 3 – 12, and they all laughed and sighed at the same parts. The adults seem to have enjoyed it equally as much.

I wasn’t sure at all if I’d like The BFG when I first saw it coming out. I just didn’t know what to expect. I mean, Steven Spielberg is an easy draw of course, but the story was one that lived in my head. I am grateful that it was done so well. I love that by the time the film ended I was enveloped in the story and characters.


THE BFG in theaters NOW

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*I was invited by Disney to attend #TheBFGEvent to share my experience with my readers. All opinions are my own.
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  2. The BFG is my favourite Dahl and I completely agree, Mark Rylance was superb! The cinematography of the film was sumptuous but I felt it was at the expense of the magic – I didn’t really get Sophie (she was a bit precocious!) and the giants weren’t very scary.

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