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It’s finally here! The BFG is now in theaters and I really want to hear what you think! I took the boys (all 3 of them last night) and loved watching them during my favorite scenes (especially one that had them all laughing hysterically involving Frobscottle)!
“The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg –finally 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. 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. 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.”
Obviously by now you know that I loved The BFG. I loved the book growing up and I feel like reading the book first really helped me love these characters even more. I don’t think you have to have read the book to see the film, but I think it helps. Some parts were added/taken out as is usually the case. Books and film are two different art forms after all! We all read (listened to) the book earlier this year on a road trip and laughed out loud at the same parts in the book as are in the film. Like really hard laughed out loud (even my husband).
I feel like the scary parts were made a bit less scary by the music choices (John Williams always rocks it) so it wasn’t as dark as I’d imagined it could be. Still there are some scenes (not many) that might be intense for the youngest viewers.
But what about the boys? Did they like it?
13 yo: “I thought it was a very good movie with great effects and a good cast of characters. I really liked the scene when they first showed The BFG’s collection of dreams.”
12 yo: “I really liked it because it was funny. I also liked how The BFG used big objects in real life but used them in his house (like the ship for his bed).”
My husband left without giving me a quote but he really enjoyed it and I think for him, reading the book definitely helped him to enjoy the movie more.
Surprisingly (or maybe not so much) the boys’ favorite characters were Mr. Tibbs and the Queen’s dogs lol!
The best part (to me) about The BFG the book and the movie is Gobblefunk! I love the giants’ words and thought I’d give you a brush up on your Gobblefunk before going to see The BFG. (I’m already using “chatbag” as part of my regular vocabulary 😉 )
- Cannybully – Cannibal
- Chatbags – Chatterbox
- Chidlers – Children
- Crickety Crackety – Sound of cracking bones
- Delumptious – Delicious
- Despunge – Deplore
- Earbursting – Loud
- Figglers – Fingers
- Frobscottle – Carbonated soft drink where bubbles float downwards rather than upwards
- Frumpkin Fry – Pumpkin Pie
- Giggler – Little Girls
- Glummy – Yummy
- Glumptious – Scrumptious
- Golden Phizzwizard – A wonderful dream
- Hippodumplings – Hippopotamus
- Hipswitch – Hence/Straightaway
- Human Beans – Human Beings
- Humbug – Humble
- Humplehammers – Something that is very big
- Jabbeling – Babbling
- Jiggyraffes – Giraffes
- Majester – Majesty
- Murderful – Murderous
- Phizzwizards – Happy dreams
- Rummytot – Nonsense
- Rumpledumpus – Rumpus
- Scrumdiddlyumptious – Scrumptious
- Scuddling – Scurrying
- Skumping – Worried
- Sloshfunking – Like godforsaken
- Snozzcumber – A gruesome vegetable only found in Giant Country
- Splitzwiggled – Caught
- Swalloped – Swallowed
- Swigpill – Swill
- Swizzfiggling – Deceiving
- Telly-telly Bunkum Box – Television
- Trogglehumper – A horrible nightmare
- Whiffling – Going off to somewhere
- Whizzpopper – Fart
- Whopsey – Adjective similar to little or trifling
Be sure to check out the rest of my coverage of The BFG Event for some fun interviews and photos!
I was disappointed. Some nice moments here and there, particularly in the 3rd act when the giant eats some food, but an awfully long movie for a story where two people just hang out and chat. Still, given the cost, sad to to see this is the biggest bomb of Spielberg’s career. It didn’t deserve that.