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
Once the film's screenplay script was completed, screenwriter Melissa Mathison would remain involved with the film throughout principal photography. Director Steven Spielberg occasionally needs to make changes to the script while filming and wants the writer's voice there to bring the characters alive. Spielberg said: "Melissa was there on the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) set every day, and every day on The BFG. So I've been very fortunate to bookend our relationship with two stories that came from her heart." Spielberg continues: "I have not had a chance to mourn Melissa, because she's been so vibrant and real to me, in the cutting room, on the scoring stage, in the dubbing room - she's just always been there with me, so because of that, it's going to be hard when I have to let The BFG go, because then I have to let Melissa go, too." See more »
Sophie's glasses start out as reading glasses, but later she wears them all of the time and not just when reading. See more »
[after Gizzardgulper tosses BFG toward him]
Why you not hunt with us Runt?
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First off, I'm not a huge children's movie fan, but this one was just so charming and cute I couldn't help but like it. The real star is the BFG. The funny way he talks and the emotions on his face really made the movie for me. The little girl does a pretty good job as well.
This isn't the kind of movie you watch for the story. It's simple enough, but does the job. It's more for the interaction between the girl and the giant, and in that department the movie delivers. Sure there were some childish jokes, but there were plenty of other moments that made me laugh out loud without involving body functions.
I don't get why so many people hated on this movie. Where they expecting Schindler's List? This wasn't that kind of Spielberg Movie. It was more about the interaction of a child and magical friend, akin to ET - and while it may not be quite as good, I still got a lot of enjoyment out of it. If you don't think you're going to be a stick in the mud about it, go ahead and give it a watch. You might end up being surprised at how much you like it, just like I was.
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