Review of "The BFG (2016) (DVD)"

published 09/02/2017 | Liebellu
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""We is in Dream Country," the BFG said. "This is where all Dreams"

Running Time 1 hrs. 57 min.
Genre: Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG

Over the Summer of 2016 Roald Dahl was a huge topic inl the libraries and I would imagine schools as well! A literacy legend marking 100 years since his birth in Llandaff, Wales, on the 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. Author of Classics like The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG and so many more! The release of the movie, The BFG, timed to tie in with the celebration of his life and works. The BFG, the idea of a giant who captured dreams and keeps them in bottles for children to enjoy while they were asleep was one Roald had been thinking about for some awhile. Ronald Dahl used exercise books to jot down ideas over time, as I am sure many great story writers and inventors still do today. Good old pen and paper as apposed to iPads, Laptops, Computers and Tablets. The BFG was finally written in 1982

The Book - The BFG has won numerous awards including the 1985 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the year's best children's book, in its German translation Sophiechen und der Riese and the 1991 Read Alone and Read Aloud BILBY Awards.

In 2003 it was ranked number 56 in The Big Read, a two-stage survey of the British public by the BBC to determine the "Nation's Best-loved Novel".

The U.S. National Education Association listed The BFG among the "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" based on a 2007 online poll.

In 2012 it was ranked number 88 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily U.S. audience. It was the fourth of four books by Dahl among the Top 100, more than any other writer.

Then 22 July 2016 saw the release of The BFG Movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

"We is in Dream Country," the BFG said. "This is where all Dreams is Beginning"
“The matter with human beans," the BFG went on, "is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”

A friendly Giant the does not eat people, living among Giants that do. A giant that tries to help and teach the other giants to be good, even when they are not very good, kind or friendly to him! He goes to work each evening providing dreams to sleeping children, as he watches over them from the shadows. One night the BFG comes across Sophie a child awake when she should be sleeping. Sophie (10 years old) suffers with insomnia which is why she was awake and happened to see him by mistake, and for this reason he takes her! He fear she would tell others of the existence of Giants. Sophie however is not like other children, she is quick with her thinking and smart in her ways - she is sadly however an orphan who will not be missed or believed even if she did try tell someone. (In my mind I think she was probable too smart for most the adults she had encounted and they felt a little threatened by her confidence and surety) HOWEVER the BFG removing Sophie from the orphanage brings about a new dilemma - the BFG lives in Giant Country with other giants that eat humans or "human beans" as they call them, having Sophie with him attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. In order to save Sophie and the BFG from the nasty giants Sophie comes up with a plan that requires them to traveling to London, where they must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Sophie and the BFG work well together to help sort out a few wrongs that they discover the other giants have been up too! A movie of trust, courage, unlikely friendships, magic, laughter and fun!
  • Sophie: Ruby Barnhill
  • The BFG: Mark Rylance
  • The Queen of England: Penelope Wilton
  • Mary: The Queen's maid - Rebecca Hall
  • Mr. Tibbs: The Queen's butler - Rafe Spall
  • Mrs. Clonkers: The unseen director of the orphanage - Marilyn Norry
  • The Heads of the Army and the Air-force: Chris Shields & Matt Frewer
    ===Nine Man-Eating Giants===
    1. The Fleshlumpeater: The leader - Jemaine Clement
    2. The Bloodbottler: Second in command - Bill Hader
    3. The Manhugger: Adam Godley
    4. The Meatdripper: Paul Moniz de Sa
    5. The Childchewer: Jonathan Holmes
    6. The Butcher Boy: The youngest of the nine man-eating giants - Michael Adamthwaite
    7. The Maidmasher: Ólafur Ólafsson
    8. The Bonecruncher: who is known for crunching up two humans for dinner every night. He enjoys eating people from Turkey making him the picky eater of the bunch - Daniel Bacon
    9. The Gizzardgulper: He lies above the rooftops of the cities to grab people walking down the streets - Chris Gibbs

Sound Track - Composed and Conducted by John Williams does not disappoint!
1. Overture
3. To Giant Country
4. Dream Country
5. Sophie’s Nightmare
6. Building Trust
9. Frolic
11. Snorting and Sniffing
12. Sophie’s Future
13. There Was A Boy
14. The Queen’s Dream
15. The Boy’s Drawings
16. Meeting The Queen
17. Giants Netted
18. Finale
19. Sophie and the BFG

Prior to the 2016 movie release there was the 1986 version of the The BFG, "a 1989 British animated made-for-television film based on the 1982 novel of The BFG by Roald Dahl, the was directed by Brian Cosgrove and written by John Hambley. It was first shown on 25 December 1989 on ITV in the UK. It was the first and only full-length film made by Cosgrove Hall Films.
The film was dedicated to animator George Jackson, who had worked on numerous Cosgrove Hall productions before his death in 1986. This film is also the last and posthumous role of Ballard Berkeley (voice of the Head of the Army), who died in 1988." curtesy of Wikipedia

After The BFG opened in the US with a disappointing $18.8m (£14.3m),
The BFG opened in the UK with a sturdy £5.29m, while Star Trek Beyond only managed £4.7 million. That said The BFG was only expected to bring in £1.9 million and was showed in 680 cinemas where as Start Trek Beyond was only showed in 535.

We loved it event dog! We sat our 6 year old down before watching and asked if she remembered Roald Dahl and his stories they learnt about at school, which she did. We reminded her it was a story out of the imagination of Roald Dahl and that it was not real.... except for the magic of cause! She LOVED it, once or twice she gave us a sidewards glance to just CHECK but found it spectacular, so much so that we went on to watch Pete's Dragon! ... But that is another story all together.

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Actor(s): Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall

DVD Region: DVD

Director(s) (Last name, First name): Spielberg, Steven

Classification: Parental Guidance

Production Year: 2016

EAN: 5030305520526


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