Saturday, 17 June 2017

Book To Film: BFG


The BFG is a children's book written by Road Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is a book that many (now) adults grew up loving and have now introduced it to their kids. 
Just this year the movie, by Steven Spielberg was released in theatres to delighted audiences

"Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. 

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her"


I spur of the moment went to see The BFG with my best friend of 16 years. A few minutes into the movie she leaned over and whispered "she looks like you did as a kid!" of the main character Sophie. Between Sophie and The BFG the cuteness factor of this movie was pretty high!

It was at times heartbreaking, we just wanted to give Sophie and The BFG a big hug and a cup of tea! But it was also one of the most magical movies I've ever seen. Everyone, from the little kids to the old grandparents at the theatre was absolutely enchanted. You could hear people's gasps as the dreams whizzed around the screen, their anger at the mean giants. There was sadness, anger, joy all wrapped into one amazing movie. There were moments where the entire theatre was full of belly laughter and giggles, where tears silently slid down cheeks. I would recommend this movie to all because it is a truly magical film! I can definitely see it becoming a timeless classic, just like the book it was based on.

 As we were walking out of the theatre, the hallway was filled with murmurs of "that was amazing!", "I really enjoyed that", and even "can we see it again?".

I would say that if you wouldn't read The BFG to your child they are probably too young to see it. Roald Dahl doesn't pull any punches and so the film is a bit dark/scary for younger kids.


The BFG was a super enchanting story just like all of the Dahl's stories. They have that perfect balance of absurdity that makes both and adults and kids enjoy the story.

Somehow, despite the slightly terrifying nature of the storyline (children and people getting eaten by bloodthirsty giants) somehow the flow and style of the book almost makes the reader forget that it's a horrible thing they are fixing. The BFG's speech is so slanted that I did enjoy actually hearing it more in the movie as opposed to reading it.   

I will say that at parts I did enjoy the book more because it allowed Sophie to be more of the hero that she was, and it allowed her to help save the day way more than the movies did. Overall the movie was fairly faithful to the original and I would definitely recommend it to fans of the book. And to other people who are looking for a slightly dark, but enchanting movie.

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