It’s a scary thing, going to see the movie version of a book that you adore.
Sometimes I can’t go see movies because I don’t want them to ruin my relationship with the book. Sometimes I don’t like the actors chosen to play the roles. Sometimes, not enough time has passed since I have read the book so I have to wait.
With all of that being said, I love The BFG. Even though this book is a children’s book, I didn’t know about it until I was an adult. Legally, I was an adult. Looking back now, I realize I was still a child.
I was a child who had a college degree and was responsible every day for 25 little fourth graders who were my whole world. I don’t know what caused me to read The BFG out loud to my class, but each day after lunch, we fell in love a little more with the Big Friendly Giant. I was lucky. I was making a HUGE mistake by reading a book out loud to my class that I had not read on my own yet. I didn’t know what was to come, but I was lucky.
My class and I LOVED the book. We laughed together and were disappointed when it was time to move back into classwork each day.
I forgot about The BFG for awhile. As I became a middle school librarian, I would recommend it to students but it’s kind of a hard sell. It doesn’t have some of the edgy themes my students want to read about and to be honest, my copy was old and worn out.
I got married, had my own kids and got the joy of introducing my daughter to the Big Friendly Giant. I fell in love with him all over again as she fell over with laughter each night at bedtime.
Again, he went to the back burner.
Then I heard they were making a movie! This could be bad, or it could be good. Movies can kill books. Look at The Lightning Thief movie, what a poor adaptation that one was!
I have some strict guidelines when I watch a movie of a book that I have read. I like for there to be quite a bit of time pass between my reading and watching. That way I know what the movie is about but I’m not overwhelmed with all the differences.
We decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to lure my son into the magic of the book before we went to watch the movie, but that’s just life.
I have to say that watching the movie reminded my that The Big Friendly Giant is one of my favorite characters of all-time. That’s a big deal. I’ve read hundreds if not thousands of books and met too many characters to count, but he will always hold a special place in my heart. He is so tender-hearted and somehow they portray that perfectly in his computer-generated eyes.
I’m happy to say that my daughter and I both loved the movie. We weren’t the only ones. At the end of the movie, there was applause. You don’t see that happen to often! I loved hearing comments from the other movie viewers who had read the book about how much they enjoyed it as well. I heard one many say, “Oh, there’s a book?” I refrained myself from chucking my tub of popcorn at him.
At the end of the day, I would say that this is a great movie adaptation. Good job Hollywood!