I recommend The BFG for moviegoers ages six and up. It is still playing in some theaters and arrives on home video on December 6.
Questions to Discuss and Consider
- What sets Sophie apart from other children? Why is she the one who sees what others don't?
- What is it that prompts the BFG to take Sophie away?
- How is the BFG different from the other giants?
- Can you name the qualities that the Scriptures call “the fruit of the Spirit”? How do we see these qualities manifested in the characters?
- How does the BFG bless Sophie? How she bless him?
- What is the nature of the nightmare that the BFG gives to wicked giants? What great fear does it represent?
- As the giant approaches the home of England’s queen, she might respond in fear to someone so potentially destructive, so strange, so foreign. How does she respond to him?
- The BFG might plot to destroy the wicked giants. What does he plan to do with them instead? What does this tell you about him?
- Have you ever had to take a risk, make a leap, and trust that God will catch you?
- What are your dreams for a better life and a better world? Where do they come from?
Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of Through a Screen Darkly and Auralia’s Colors. He has an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, where he now teaches writing. He also teaches a film-and-apologetics course for Houston Baptist University. He has been writing about art, film, and faith for more than a decade at LookingCloser.org.