“The BFG,” or “The Big Friendly Giant,” is Disney’s newest summer blockbuster, directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg. Spielberg took on a challenge by bringing this 1982 novel, written by Roald Dahl, to life. Spielberg and his crew rose to the challenge and produced a beautiful film that captured the essence of both the Big Friendly Giant and Sophie perfectly. A combination of real actors, real places and references to leaders in modern society make this film believable — you are taken to a world where giants do exist among us, and where elementary aged schoolgirls can change the world for the better.
In “The BFG,” young and orphaned Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is captured by a tall and intimidating Giant (Mark Rylance) on a spooky night during “the witching hour,” a time when everyone is asleep — everyone except for Sophie, that is, who has insomnia. She gets a peek of a giant roaming the streets, and gets “kidsnatched” because The Big Friendly Giant is worried that she’ll tell all of England what she has seen. Sophie is lucky that this particular giant was the one to steal her, because the other giants residing in Giant Country have names like “Fleshlumpeater” and gallop to different countries and snatch “human beans” from their homes and enjoy them for dinner. The BFG, who is the runt of the litter, chooses not to eat humans. Instead of spending his time murdering humans, the BFG captures dream bubbles using his keen sense of hearing and blows the happy thoughts into bedrooms of people around the world.
When The BFG realizes Sophie is no longer safe, he explains the story of a young boy who once lived in Giant Country before she did, and how he was eventually eaten by the other giants. The BFG attempts to return Sophie to her home in England, but the spunky and brave young girl wants to help him stand up to the bullies. This film is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of Roald Dahl. It’s a nostalgic childhood experience to watch a beloved story with such sweet and well-constructed characters. I had high expectations for this film, and I can honestly say that my expectations were fulfilled completely. I give it 5 out of 5 smiles.