I was able to get a sneak peek of the new Disney DreamWorks movie The BFG this week. It is being released into theaters on July 1st. This post is my personal opinion and overview of the movie, it is rated PG.
The movie starts out in a small town in London. They end up focusing in on an orphanage. There is a young girl, Sophie, that is awake in the middle of the night because she can not sleep. As she tries to settle into bed to read a book, she is startled by a noise outside. Basically she ends up seeing the giant, and because she saw him, he needs to take her.
I was watching this movie with my husband and 11 year old. My son told me he was not afraid of this, but the 5 year old behind us was. The 5 your old child was scared by the giant hand reaching in through the window to grab her out of her bed.
As Sophie travels to Giant Country, she is met by other giants who are not nearly as friendly, actually they want to eat her. There are many running and hiding scenes and many scenes where she needs to decide if the BFG truly is a friendly giant or not. The other giants are bullies to the BFG, and Sophie is trying to help him stand up for himself. There is a beautiful scene where he takes her dream catching. It is truly a masterpiece of movie magic. The girl then figures out a plan to get the Queen to help out so that the BFG will stop being bullied. They concoct a dream for the Queen so that she then knows that the mean giants are stealing and eating the children of London.
The scenes with the Queen at her castle and her dinner for the giant are hilarious. I am not normally into "potty" humor, but it made me laugh real hard at the end of their dinner together.
Once they make it back to Giant Country, there are more scary scenes involving the mean giants (at least the child behind me screamed). The movie is all wrapped up with a happy Disney ending at the end, and not one mother died in the movie, which Disney is typically known for.
It was a very slow starting movie. It reminded me a little of the original Willy Wonka. It might have just been the accents and scenery, but that was the feeling both myself and husband got from it. There are so many made up words that it was a little hard to understand what the BFG was saying half the time. The scenes were beautifully created and seeing it in 3D made it special. 3D is not necessary for this movie to work, but it did enhance it. I personally think that the PG rating is right on, it is not really meant for kids under 8. They will be lost, bored and scared in a few parts if they are under 8. There is one funny sequence in the whole movie, so don't expect to be laughing throughout. It also has a typical Disney ending that wraps it all up and makes everybody leaving the theater happy.
Who would I recommend it for? Kids over 8, families, young couple date nights.
Would I see it again? I don't think I would pay to see this movie again, and would probably wait for the DVD to come out.