UK Premiere of The BFG

How exciting?

Leicester Square beckoned again as it was time for the long awaited summer blockbuster The BFG.

I have been so lucky to attend a few red carpet events now and they are truly amazing… It really does feel so special to be part of it all, mingling with exciting people.. celebrities and press alike, and being one of the first people in the Country to see a film!

The BFG is a kids film but my 6yr old twins were a little unsure. They’d seen a few adverts on the TV and were worried they wouldn’t like it. They were concerned that it would be too ‘scary’. Of course, the Big Friendly Giant isn’t in the least bit scary himself because we all know he’s friendly, but my boys have read the Roal Dahl classic story at school and they know there are some ‘baddie’ giants in the film too… these were apparently what they were afraid of. Cinema screenings are also dark and very loud, something which many young children dislike, so add into that some giant faces on screen and I can see why they were unsure.

As no one had seen this film, there was no one to ask what their kids thought so I decided to convince the boys that it would be fine, and off we went!

The weather was amazing at the atmosphere in Leicester Square was electric.

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The Square itself was cordoned off to make way for a magical Giants land which could be explored…

… Like Giant footprints!

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The kids loved discovering many of the artifacts from the story. My boys could even name most of them… which I was rather impressed with, proving they were listening closely at school when the book was read to them!

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They even got to sit on the BFG’s chair!

If you’ve been out and about lately in London, you may have spotted some of the BFG’s Dream Jars. There are a few in other cities but most are in London. They are on display until 31 August to support the work of Save the Children and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity by being auctioned off at Paddle8 (I really want one!) .. so you could even own your own Dream Jar.. how amazing would that be?

At the premiere, many of the Jar’s were on display all together and my children loved looking at them….

Walking on the red carpet into the Odeon Leicester Square was very exciting!

The BFG UK premiere

Once inside and seated, awaiting the film to start, someone VERY special was there to introduce the film.

HIS film.

Yes, STEPHEN SPEILBERG himself appeared on stage, looking totally unassuming… I had no idea he was even going to be there, let alone standing right there in front of me!

I was completely starstruck. I mean, this was epic! It was STEPHEN SPEILBERG… is there really anyone bigger in the movie world?!!

Stephen Speilberg premiere BFG UK

I felt so privileged to be in the same room as this incredibly talented legend.

He spoke about making the movie, how he hoped we enjoyed it and then introduced onto the stage the cast, including the little girl who played Sophie, Ruby Barnhill, who took over the mic to say a few words of her own! I think she was just a tad excited!

the cast of the BFG

Then it was time to watch the film.

What did we think? Well here’s some blurb about the film first…

‘From the imaginations of two of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg, THE BFG tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie (played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (played by Oscar Winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen (Penelope Wilton)! The mismatched pair form an unlikely friendship that will inspire enormous bravery in the BFG and give Sophie a taste of the family she dreams of’

Our Verdict

So first of all, my twins weren’t in the slightest bit scared at any point during the movie! Just so you know…. so that was the first big tick in the box! Some reviewers have described the film as being too long but I didn’t notice. My children and I were completely engrossed and didn’t flinch the whole way through. In fact, when I looked at my children, they were absolutely transfixed on the screen… the film was really quite hypnotic at times.

There was plenty of beautiful cinematography as we entered the mystical Giant world. The scenes where the BFG hows Sophie where the ‘dreams’ are kept under the water are truly magical.

I must admit to not having read the classic story myself so I could enjoy the story as the film presented it to me. But my twins pointed out afterwards that some parts of the book that they remembered weren’t in it. Not that this bothered them but they did notice!

For me I absolutely loved the film… I couldn’t wait to tell all my friends with kids that they most definitely should go see it.

My children loved it too… they thought it was amazing and felt very pleased with themselves for going to watch it! I would even say they felt quite smug that they could tell all their classmates that they’d seen it before anyone else!

I think this Disney and Stephen Speilberg’s THE BFG will become a classic. One of those films that families will all get together to watch at Christmas every year (or over and over again at any time of year) as it really does have that truly magical quality that we love.

Here is the trailer… 

The kids were given some fab BFG ‘ears’ to wear on the way home!

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