Disney’s The Big Friendly Giant BFG {Movie Review}


Written By Dan V

In our family we are big Roald Dahl fans and my wife and I enjoyed his books as kids. It has been special for us to be able to share these timeless classics with our own children. I had recently read the BFG to my eldest son and so we were both eager to see the film adaptation; a fun way to mark the end of kindergarden and start the summer vacation.

The movie script stuck quite closely to the original story so there are not too many surprises with respect to the plot. I also thought the visual interpretation of the way the BFG and other giants looked was quite close to the simple sketches found in the original story too.

Visually the movie was stunning and being a Spielberg production the FX were top notch. There was also a clear sense of attention to small details and that the people involved must have been fans of the original. We watched the 3D version and although there were no “jump out of the screen” type gimmicks it still helped enhance the sense of size of the giants and depth of their world.

The film did a good job of downplaying some of the gruesome activities the bad giants partake in so as not to frighten younger viewers while still maintaining a suitable level of “grotesqueness”. My son seemed quite engaged throughout the whole movie but he especially loved the silly parts like when the Queen of England was given a little too much of a certain special fizzy drink.

All in all it was a very enjoyable movie and great film to take the whole family to see. If you are a fan of the original BFG story then you will not be disappointed. Disney’s The BFG is now playing everywhere.


Have you read any Roald Dahl  books before?

Disclosure: My husband and son attended a free screening of the movie, this is however not a paid post and all opinions and views on this post are 100% our own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

14 responses to “Disney’s The Big Friendly Giant BFG {Movie Review}”

  1. Thanks for the review i have been waiting for this one.

  2. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors as a kid; my boys are really excited about this movie. I love being able to share things that I loved as a child with my boys.

  3. Great review. Canta wait to watch!

  4. This was one of my favorite books growing up. I just have to see this movie!

  5. I have never read any of Roald’s books before but I am really interested in going to see this movie! It looks amazing and love the animation of it

  6. I cant wait to see this movie but living in a small town it may be August before it finally gets here

  7. My grandson and I just went yesterday and we absolutely love d BFG! This is one movie I will purchase when available to purchase!

  8. Cant wait to take the grandkids

  9. Looks like another great movie to see, at least the previews look good!!

  10. Thanks for the review, it sounds like this movie will be amazing!

  11. What a wonderfl review,cant wait to see it !!

  12. This is a charming movie that children and adults will love. Disney is wonderful their movies. I wonder why some of the other studios don’t take note of their successes and make kinder, gentler movies.

  13. Can’t wait to take the kids

  14. I’ve started watching this on Netflix, love the voice of the big friendly giant. 🙂

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