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The BFG (2016)

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An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... BFG
... Sophie
... The Queen
... Fleshlumpeater
... Mary
... Mr. Tibbs
... Bloodbottler
... Maidmasher / Cook (as Olafur Darri Olafsson)
... Manhugger / Lout #1
... Butcher Boy / Danish Driver (as Michael David Adamthwaite)
... Bonecruncher / Lout #2
... Childchewer / Pub Landlord
... Gizzardgulper / Late Night Walker
... Meatdripper / Lout #3
... Matron


Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. Written by Jwelch5742

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From the human beings that created E.T. and the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda" See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Valley  »


Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,584,969, 3 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie opened " . . . in cinemas on June 30, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of [Roald] Dahl's birth" as outlined on the film's official website. Source novelist Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff in Wales, United Kingdom. See more »


After the grabbing Sophie, BFG hides by jumping and lying down on a truck. The tires and truck must be of superb construction because neither react to this sudden huge weight. See more »


The BFG: [to the Queen of England; awkwardly yet politely] Your madjester, I am your most humbug servant.
[Sophie puts her hands to her face, embarrassed]
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Crazy Credits

The Amblin Entertainment logo has the rare theme in it. See more »


References The BFG (1987) See more »


Piper's Maggot Jig
from Barry Lyndon (1975)
Arranged by Leonard Rosenman
Courtesy of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.
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A waste of time if you're under 10 years old.
8 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

I was willing to give this movie a chance. It's Steven Spielburg, what could possibly go wrong, right?

Well, to be fair, this isn't the WORST movie ever made, but it's one of those waste-of- time movies that just doesn't instill any kind of coherent emotional reaction. I felt nothing during this movie. There was nothing for me to enjoy.

The visuals were really phony. I know that a movie like this needs CGI if they wanted it to be live action, but the blending of the two was just AWFUL. Every time Sophie and the BFG were in a scene together I could tell she was sitting in front of a green screen.

Most of the film was also whimsy for the sake of whimsy, with the pretty visuals of the sparkly dreams drifting around the fairytale forest landscape serving no function other than to wave pretty colors in the faces of children to keep them entertained.

The story meandered. Then they introduced a conflict, which could have added a ticking clock element to the plot. And once I thought it was going somewhere, the plot stopped completely to make for hilarious antics of the BFG in Buckingham Palace. "Isn't it hilarious that he's giant and everything else is tiny?" the movie asks. "No," I say. It's not really. Maybe a kid would find it funny, but since I'm not a kid I can't say for sure.

"Isn't it funny that he says weird words in the presence of the Queen of England?" the movie asks. "No," I say again. It's really not. All the humor in this movie falls flat on its face. It's the kind of weirdly delivered humor that I remember movies like The Polar Express have, where there are "wacky" characters who do and say things that are not inherently funny, but based on the other characters reactions, the movie tells us that we were supposed to laugh at it.

What was the point of the magical fart juice? Other than being true to the book, that is. Seriously, it was the most pointless joke in the movie. The delivery was bad, the timing of it was bad, and the execution of it was bad. The moment the BFG reached for that bottle of fart juice the second time (an hour after the movie introduced it and forgot about it), I had to walk out. That was it for me.

I really don't know what else to say other than The BFG was a meandering, pointless waste of time. Nothing was funny, there was almost no tension, the plot goes nowhere, and I left without feeling anything for any of the characters. Maybe a kid of 10 or under would enjoy it, but as an adult in their twenties, I certainly didn't. I walked out of it, so I don't even know if it got better in the last half hour or so.

Skip it. Unless you're young and easily entertained.

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