First up, The BFG. In the middle of the night, when every child and every grown-up is in a deep, deep sleep, all the dark things come out of hiding and have the world to themselves. That’s what Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) , a precocious 10-year-old, has been told, and that’s what she believes as she lies sleepless in her own bed at her London orphanage. While all the other girls in the dormitory dream their dreams, Sophie risks breaking one of Mrs. Clonkers’ many rules to climb out of her bed, slip on her glasses, lean out the window and see what the world looks like in the moonlit silence of the witching hour. Outside, in the ghostly, silvery light, her familiar street looks more like a fairy tale village than the one she knows, and out of the darkness comes something long and tall…very, very tall. That something is a giant who takes Sophie and whisks her away to his home in a land far, far away. Fortunately for Sophie, he is the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. With each having been on their own in the world up until now, an unexpected friendship blossoms.
I don't want to give away much more of the story, but it involves some treacherous other not so BF giants, a trip to the Queen, and a journey into the world of dreams. The entire film is jaw droopingly beautiful, absolute Disney magic, and frankly quite heartwarming. I may have even shed a few tears during the last scene. The Monsters have been watching our Disney Movies Anywhere copy of the movie on repeat, and I'm sure your own kids will do the same.
Also available this week is Pete's Dragon. The thing I love so much about this one is that it is a quintessential "boy's Disney movie." Don't get me wrong, my girls were in awe of it and loved it, but it has been awhile since Disney offered a strong adventurous boy movie like Peter Pan. This Pete's Dragon is a lot different than the cartoon classic version. After being orphaned tragically, Pete stumbles upon his dragon in the forest and lives a rustic life with him until forest uprooting humans interfere. Pete will do anything to get back to his dragon, but also finds something in the process he was never expecting: a human family to love.
The movie is full of action and also big emotional moments. Like the BFG, there may have been a few tears shed at the end of this film.
I absolutely loved both of these movies and give them two thumbs up. This Christmas, make your kid the luckiest on the street, and gift them with Disney movie magic!