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There are few children growing up who haven’t dreamed of a magical adventure, one that takes them to a far away land, to come face to face with magic and most important to make a friend in the process. Roald Dahl’s The BFG has done that for decades and now through the Magic of Steven Speilberg and Melissa Mathison a new generation will get to experience this magic on the big screen.

The BFG , played by Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

(Left to right) Gizzardgulper, Childchewer, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Manhugger, Fleshlumpeater, Meatdripper, Butcher Boy, and Bonecruncher surround the BFG in Disney's THE BFG, the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, the film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

(Left to right) Gizzardgulper, Childchewer, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Manhugger, Fleshlumpeater, Meatdripper, Butcher Boy, and Bonecruncher surround the BFG in Disney’s THE BFG.

Sophie, an orphan living a lonely life and suffering from insomnia happens to meet The BFG while on one of his outings, during the witching hour.

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When he sees her, he takes her away to Giant country and upon her arrival , Sophie, a  10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Disney’s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, the film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.  These Giants embody the worst in people, and in a way show a reflection of what danger and evil look like. Yet, Spielberg manages to convey them in a comical way that makes you almost laugh at how ridiculous their way of life is. Having Comedic geniuses like Clements & Hader you can’t help but laugh at some of the scenes in which these giants grace the screen with their awkwardness and Gibberish. However, they do become a danger to Sophie and the BFG and they soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist.  As well as show how not all are bad, which leads to one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

Disney’s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country Penelope Wilton is the Queen, Rebecca Hall is Mary and Rafe Spall is Mr. Tibbs. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

 

Mixing together the captivating magic of Spielberg and Dahl’s Story telling magic forms an amazing adventure that is packed full of lessons in understanding, friendship and bravery.  Sophie, played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill manages to take your heart from the first moment you see her on screen and not let go. Her friendship with The BFG becomes something that touches your soul and a true lesson in overcoming whatever obstacles you’ve been handed. There’s something so special about her, something that took Steven Spielberg a while to find, but knew he had found it the moment he laid eyes on her. It’s no surprise she was meant to play this role.

Mark Rylance manages to capture The BFG the way I imagined him when I read it as a child. He manages to capture the spirit of The BFG, that tenderness, the sweetness, yet the sadness and loneliness in his voice.  I can’t imagine anyone playing him better than he did.

This movie will follow you after you leave the theater and will touch  your heart whether your 9 or 99. It is a movie to be seen by the whole family. Although the giants can be intimidating for smaller little ones, it it is definitely a cinematographic masterpiece that touches that will captivate you from start to finish.

It’s not the flashy story lines that kids now a days seek out,but Spielberg manages to shape this story into the perfect grandeur that existed in all our imaginations while we read this book. It’s like he took the magic we pictured and brought it to the screen.

As a child there are movies that touched my heart, sparked my sense of adventure, and invoked feelings I never dreamed I would have. Amazingly enough most of those movies were directed by one man, Steven Spielberg. As a parent you hope your kids experience many of those same emotions with films you loved as a child, The BFG does that. It bridges the magic of Steven Spielberg, Disney and Big Screen magic all in to one, ready to touch a new generation of fans and ready spark the magic which childhood dreams are made of.

Don’t forget to check out the movie when it hits theaters Today!  Check out the preview below and make sure and check out the movie this weekend!

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THE BFG hits theaters everywhere on July 1st!

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88 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Cortés

    I can’t wait to take my 13 year old to see this movie! It looks great and I’m sure she’s going to love it!

    July 10, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Lexy Overstreet Broome

    Great review! Looks like it is a fun movie! Can’t wait to check it out. ?

    July 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Danni st.claire-coe

    That looks very interesting!

    July 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Olga Oviedo

    Great article, Id love to see BFG. We’ll have to wait a bit, since the kids are still too little for a trip to the movies.

    July 7, 2016 at 11:56 pm
  • Reply Rachelle Hoehn

    I can’t wait for this movie to come out! Thanks for the post!

    July 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Daniela Esposito

    This looks so amazing. I love adventure and fantasty books, so I’m surprised that I’ve never read this! Might have to take on this book once my new little person arrives (beginning of August-ish). Oh, wait. A newborn and a toddler? Do I really have time to read a book? Hehe 😉

    July 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Amanda Knutson

    Can’t wait to see this movie! Wish my son was old enough for the theater.

    July 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Gena Lewis

    Very excited for this movie!

    July 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I cannot wait to see this movie with my niece!

    July 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply nidhi chauhan

    Great review! We are so excited for this movie.

    July 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Jessica VanDerslice

    I am so excited for this!! This was one of my favorite books as a child, from my favorite author! Thanks for the great review! I think my kids will enjoy it!

    July 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Somdad

    Thank you for the review. I want to see this movie, but it probably isn’t going to happen til it comes out on dvd. My son is 4 and has a very big imagination, but is also easily scared. (He doesn’t like ‘Finding Nemo’ because of the ‘scary’ parts). My daughter is just too young. Maybe in a few years…

    July 5, 2016 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Lara

    I am sure we will get around to seeing this, but I was not part of the generation that was really taken with Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach never really interested me…

    July 4, 2016 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Amanda Cook

    My daughter is so excited for this movie! I am looking forward to taking her 🙂

    July 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    My niece is really excited to see this! Maybe she’ll get it for Christmas and I’ll end up getting to watch it 🙂

    July 4, 2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply jilliann m

    I am excited to see this movie. I think my kids will like it too. And it will be fun to read the book together as well!

    July 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Arista sedivi

    This movie looks so adorable!

    July 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I’m so excited to see this movie. It looks like it’s going to be really good! 🙂

    July 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    I am very eager to see this movie. I think that it is a movie for the entire family to enjoy and I appreciate the lessons it teaches.

    July 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Erin Melgar

    I grew up watching Speilberg’s movies and can’t wait to see how he did with this adaptation. Thank you for the review!

    July 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Ashley F

    Great review! This is definitely one that I think my children will enjoy!

    July 4, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Rachelle Hoehn

    I’m so excited about this movie. Thank you for the awesome review!

    July 4, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply micheal Bergeron

    I have not seen the movie it looks amazing though and it seems like it teaches a lot of character skills. Thank you so much for the review.

    July 4, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Katy Baird

    Roald Dahl is one of my favorites. I am so excited to see this movie! My kids are still a little young for it, so I’ll have to enjoy it for all of us haha!

    July 4, 2016 at 1:29 am
  • Reply Ashley Bittenbender

    This was one of my favorite books as a child & I’m so excited to read it with my boys & see the movie soon. ??

    July 3, 2016 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply MariClaire Eastabrooks

    This was one of my favorite books as a kid – I loved anything written by Roald Dahl! Cannot wait to see the movie version…especially since it was done by the fantastically talented Steven Spielberg!! 🙂

    July 3, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Bethany Bolbach

    I don’t know how, but I hadn’t even heard of this movie yet. Now I feel like I live under a rock lol

    July 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I’m so glad to hear it is a movie for the whole family! I read some Roald Dahl when I was little, but I don’t think I read this one. I am very excited for my oldest to experience the movie and read the book with me!

    July 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah Hayes

    this looks like a really interesting movie. Im sure my family will enjoy it

    July 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Austin Baroudi

    Sounds like a great film! Definitely have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

    July 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Anel

    I remember reading to book when I was younger! I’m excited for the movie, but i think I’ll re read the book first!

    July 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Angela Rhodes Ingles

    I am a librarian, so I’m always hesitant to watch movies that are based on books, but let’s face it – the books are always much better than the movies. However, this one may be an exception. Thank you for sharing.

    July 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Breana wooley

    My five year old daughter is so excited for this movie to come out. Thank you for the movie information!

    July 3, 2016 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Courtney south

    What a great review!! It looks like such a magical movie!! Probably won’t be able to see it in theatres because of my one year old but definitely rent it when it comes out!

    July 3, 2016 at 5:09 am
  • Reply Sandy C

    Can’t wait to check this out!

    July 3, 2016 at 12:16 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    This movie sounds like a great movie. I want to take my oldest daughter to see this movie.

    July 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Heather W

    Great review! I have been so excited to see this movie while following your posts. We cannot wait to take our oldest!

    July 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Veronica Iris

    Great review. I can’t wait until my boy is old enough for movies- I really want to see this one.

    July 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply reyna

    Excellent review.You should be writing books.Think about it.

    July 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Slagter

    My kids are still too young- under 3. But, son enough!

    July 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply cynthia eason

    Thank you for the synopsis! I have heard of this book but haven’t read it. My toddler loves Jack and the Beanstalk, particularly the giant. I think he would love this book and movie!

    July 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Lisa W

    I can’t wait to watch this. I had no clue it was a book.!?

    July 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Ashlea F

    I would love to see this movie!

    July 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Nicole Williams

    Can’t wait to see this.

    July 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Kristin faircloth

    I’m looking forward to sharing BFG with my daughter

    July 2, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Brandi

    I can’t wait to see this!!

    July 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Love this!! Don’t judge a book by its cover 😉

    July 2, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Haley Hennen

    I’ve heard sooo many great things about this movie!

    July 2, 2016 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    We went to the library Thursday and all the copies of it were checked out. I wanted to read it before taking my oldest to see the movie. We may just have to read it later… she is super excited to go!

    July 2, 2016 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Danielle H

    I have the book to read with our kids this summer and hope to see when it comes out on DVD!

    July 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Love Roald Dahl. This movie is on our suggested activities list this summer!

    July 1, 2016 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply yodah63

    I wonder if my four year old would enjoy this.

    July 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply donna porter

    Read the book. Now it is time to watch the movie!

    July 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Kari Barone

    My oldest son would love this movie! He loves reading books and he has quite the imagination!

    July 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Brittany Parzych

    I had no idea this was in production! I liked the nook as a kid, and this might be a nice movie for my boys!

    July 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Marry

    I’ve never read the book, I’d like to see the movie

    July 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I used to love this book! I’m excited to see how they made it into a movie!

    July 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Kruthiga Senthil

    Love Disney movies! Hope my lil girl will love it too! ❤️

    July 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Dandi D

    This sounds like a wonderful movie and I can’t wait to watch it with my son.

    July 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I cannot wait to see this movie! We just read this to our girls. My husband never read it growing up. However it is one of my favorite books. My parents used to read me a chapter every night before bed.

    July 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Miranda H

    I think my son would enjoy this movie! Thanks for the post on it.

    July 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Betsy Williams

    I love Roald Dahl and the BFG, I am excited to see this movie!

    July 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lodge

    Roald Dahl was my favorite author when I was growing up. It’s so nice to see his work touching a new generation.

    July 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Karla Coriano

    I’m looking forward to watching this movie.

    July 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Mallarie D

    I really want to see this movie.

    July 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Jessie Hughes

    Love this book! Can’t wait to see the movie

    July 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Marie Lowther

    Sounds like an interesting movie, thank you.

    July 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Christine DeLillo

    This was one of my most favorite books growing up and I’m excited to see it in a motion picture. Disney always does a great job so I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

    July 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Amanda duke

    We read this last year. I can’t wait to see it!

    July 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Suzanne Marble

    We love most Disney movies and not just the flashy ones. It’s about the heart of the story.

    July 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    This was one of my favorite books growing up and I can not wait to see the movie !

    July 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Erica P.

    My brother loved this book when he was young but I never got into it– maybe I just need to go back and revisit it. 🙂

    July 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    This looks like such a great movie. I love the BFG.

    July 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I loooooooved this book when I was younger. Cannot wait!!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Khali

    We ? Disney movies

    July 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Lacrimioara Tirsina

    I would like to see this movie

    July 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Julia Scott

    So Excited!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Bobbi Ramirez

    My son is Sooo excited to see this movie when it’s released! Can’t wait to take him!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Holly Hollister

    I loved this book! I am reading it to my girls & can’t wait to see the movie.

    July 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Kim W.

    I read The BFG as a girl and am so excited to see the movie! It looks like they did a good job. 🙂

    July 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Jenny A

    I can’t wait to take my kids to see this movie. My son read the book last year in school and it left a lasting impression on him. He talked about the book for months! The film looks amazing and we can’t wait to see it!!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply kayla

    i can’t wait to see this! Love disney

    July 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Jocelyn

    Loved this book as a child and would love to see this movie!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    This looks like a fun movie!!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply J

    Looks like a great movie!

    July 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Nicole Williams

    Looks like a great movie.

    July 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Shantiqua allen

    I can’t wait to go see it, it looks really good

    July 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    I am so looking forward to watching this movie, I love what they did in this movie and its amazing how they can do this in movies today, .

    July 1, 2016 at 9:36 am
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