The BFG a visually stunning adaptation – Blu-ray review – Tribute.ca
Adapted from Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book of the same name, The BFG is brought to the big screen by the combined powers of Disney and larger-than-life director Steven Spielberg. It’s a visually stunning and faithful retelling of the beloved story about a little orphan girl and her big, friendly giant.
It all begins on a damp, cold night in 1980s London, where an insomniac orphan named Sophie wanders about her dusty and drab orphanage in anticipation of the “witching hour,” which arrives promptly at 3 a.m. A time when everyone else is fast asleep and all the “dark things” come out of hiding, Sophie reads Nicholas Nickleby, ready for whomever (or whatever) may appear. However, on this particular night, Sophie discovers much more than just the boogeyman hiding beneath her bed. Hearing a strange sound from outside her window, she peaks behind the curtain to discover a 25-foot giant lurking in the shadows.
And suddenly, with one easy swoop of his leviathan-sized hand, the giant scoops up little Sophie and carries her all the way to his home in Giant Country. There he informs her she must stay with him “for the rest of their lives,” lest she tell anyone about him. But the real reason he wants her there is because he’s lonely. Sophie, whose parents died when she was a baby, is lonely too, and after a short while together, the pair truly come to enjoy each other’s company. She helps him with his a lot-to-be-desired English (i.e. it’s giraffes, not jiggyraffs) and he takes her on a tour of the out-of-this-world Dream Country, where he actually catches dreams.
But, unfortunately, all is not well back in Giant Country, as the giant, affectionately known by his friends as the “Big Friendly Giant,” co-habitates with nine much larger, and