Thank you to Disney for sponsoring my attendance at #TheBFGEvent!
The BFG is in theaters now! And first things first: you’re going to love how Steve Spielberg brought the Roald Dahl classic to life. But what else should you know before you go?
The film stays true to the spirit of the book.
That isn’t to say the movie stays true to the exact story. The plot is expanded, and in some cases very specific changes have taken place. This includes the story’s ending. It’s clear, however, that Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison had a great respect for the source material. Fans of the book shouldn’t worry that the film veers off course from the story they love. There are also some moments that follow along with the book in loving detail, such as the castle breakfast scene.
The visual effects are amazing.
You may think I’m talking about how they created the giants. And yes, the motion-captured giants are impressive. But I’m particularly enraptured with the dreams. The way Spielberg decided to visualize the dreams is absolutely beautiful, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the film.
You’ll laugh out loud.
The movie has been categorized as family or fantasy by most, but many parts of it are very funny. Almost enough to consider it a comedy. Especially in the castle. You may not want to laugh, but you’ll totally laugh at the Frobscottle. It’s impossible not to laugh at the Frobscottle.
It’s perfect for the whole family.
If you’re familiar with Dahl’s work, you know he can be a bit dark. And yes, the thought of giants plucking children out of their beds to eat them is definitely dark. But it’s mentioned rather than shown. The scenes with the giants may be a bit intense for younger children, but they’re not overly violent. Your children are more likely to laugh at their buffoonish antics than be frightened.
The 3D is amazing!
I’m usually pretty reserved when it comes to recommending a splurge on 3D. I’ve seen the movie twice now, both times in 3D. I can definitely say that it adds to the movie, although I’m sure you’ll find it perfectly enjoyable in 2D if that’s your choice. In addition to Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D, the movie will also be released in IMAX 3D. And even though I haven’t seen it myself in IMAX 3D, it definitely lends itself to that format.
The BFG is in theaters now. You can find full coverage of #TheBFGEvent right here on As The Bunny Hops!
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.