What happens when you pair a famous children’s author with a legendary director?
To find out, I took a trip to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for a screening of “BFG”, the new motion picture from Disney directed by Stephen Spielberg based on the book by Roald Dahl. Being a fan of the often dark writer myself, I was interested to see what they would do with one of his sometimes bizarre stories.
“BFG,” tells the story of Sophie, a young girl living in an English orphanage, who looks out her window one night to see a massive man that whisks her away to the giant country. The giant, whom she names BFG (Big Friendly Giant), hides her away from the other child-hunting giants that are responsible for children disappearing all over England. In return, she aids him with his life’s work: collecting and creating dreams. What most stuck out to me about this film was its visual effects. I’m normally not a big fan of heavy CGI, but I thought this movie’s use of it created an interesting mix of animation and live action. Sophie’s exploration of the giant country was reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland at times, and there were plenty genuinely funny laughs that both kids and adults would enjoy. I thought I would share with you 3 lesson your kids can learn from “BFG”.
Here are 3 Lesson your Kids Can Learn From “BFG” please feel free to share with your friends but clicking the share buttons above and to the left.
- Not All Monsters are Monstrous
The land of giants in “BFG” is a frightening place. Every night, the giants go on the prowl to hunt orphaned children and swallow them whole. BFG, however, is different. He knows how to read, sleeps in a house and has a creative pursuit in the construction of dreams. Sophie goes on an amazing adventure by deciding to go with him. Kids can learn that sometimes the weird ones in their class might have the most interesting things to show them.
- Never Underestimate Yourself
Because of his difference from the other giants, BFG is bullied by them and tries to keep to himself. He doesn’t believe he can have any effect on humanity at large, staying at home and tinkering with his dreams. This all changes when he meets Sophie, who hatches a plan to get rid of the other giants and save the children of England from their terror forever. BFG, although apprehensive at first, eventually realizes that he is essential to the success of this scheme. It goes to show that you are capable of more than you think, and there is no reason to believe that you cannot accomplish what you put your mind to.
- No Matter Where You Come From, You Can Find Your Purpose
Sophie starts the movie alone as an orphan with no friends and an introverted personality. It’s not long before she finds herself in a position to save the world from giants and eventually live as royalty. It’s a real rags to riches kind of story, and it shows kids that no matter how small or disadvantaged you might feel, there is always room for perseverance and making a name for yourself.