The BFG is based on the best-selling, multi-award winning book of the same name by children’s author Roald Dahl. This live-action drama introduces us to Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, an orphaned girl who sees a tall, dark shape peering into the buildings on her street one night.
The creature spots Sophie and, before she can scream, whisks her off to Giant Land. At first, Sophie is concerned she’s going to become her kidnapper’s dinner. “You think that because I’m a giant, I’m a man-gobbling canny-a-bull?” laughs her keeper – and in a trice, we’re introduced to Mark Rylance as the ‘Big Friendly Giant.’
RATED: PG – some scenes might scare young children
AUDIENCE: Excellent fun for primary and early high school aged students, especially those who are fans of Roald Dahl’s peculiar sense of humour.
WHAT’S GOOD: The BFG has an impressive pedigree – Steven Spielberg, Disney Pictures, Weta Digital and Walden Media – which all make for an incredible visual production.The film is also full of fun for the kids with some superb take-home messages, like not judging a giant by his cover and standing ready to do what’s right in the face of massive opposition.
WHAT’S NOT: If you have a problem with humour that relates to breaking wind, you’re going to have to steer clear of the frobscottle.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: The BFG contains fantastic opportunities for Christian parents. The worst nightmare the BFG has ever come across is the idea of “Someone telling you everything you’ve ever done, and there is no forgiveness.” Also, Sophie realises that the BFG can always hear her, no matter where she is – something God can go one better on: He’s also always there.
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2016