Movie Review: The BFG

The Bee and I went to a sneak preview of the movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. A few years ago the Bee was a on a major Roald Dahl kick, tearing through all of his books, and she was excited to see the movie. In spite of me working mere yards from the Dahl section of the library, I have never read the book, so I went in knowing nothing.

Here’s what we thought.

1. It’s a beautiful movie. 

We saw the movie in 3D and the movie popped. The English scenery jumped off of the screen, filled with vibrant colors and detail. The effects of the movie were amazing when the BFG grabs Sophie. (This is not spoiler; this happens in the trailer.)

2. The movie gets a bit intense.

In the theater there were a few meltdowns and tears for a PG movie. The giant does snatch Sophie out of bed in the middle of the night and runs away to Giant Country, which is far, far away from her home in London. And while the BFG is a giant, he is a runt compared to the other giants in Giant Country, who are not shy about their desire to make Sophie — and other children — their dinners. 

3. The movie is long. 

The movie runs one hour and 57 minutes, and it feels long. There were a few times during the movie that I found my attention wandering and me not caring for what was happening on the screen. The Bee, on the other hand, was mesmerized, silently watching the movie.

4. Giants have their own language!

You can learn Gobblefunk, the language of the giants.

Have you seen the movie? Let me know what you think!

Rachée Fagg is a Delaware County, PA mom. This post was adapted from her blog, Say It Rah-shay.

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