THE BFG: Royal Family and Vulnerability | FCC 135

In Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story THE BFG, Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) uses her own vulnerability to help the BFG (played by Mark Rylance) get the help he needs. Then, she is adopted into the royal family. Join us as we discuss these Christian themes and so much more on the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Previous Episode Recap 
  • 00:03:25 – Movie Discussion
  • 00:21:40 – Christian Themes in THE BFG
  • 00:45:19 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 00:49:36 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 00:51:49 – Lightning Round 
  • 00:53:28 – Upcoming

Sophie and the Royal Family

Sophie is an orphan who longs for relationship. She can’t find it at the orphanage; the matron is insufferable, and the other kids stay away from her. She can’t find it in a city fraught with bar-room brawlers and town drunks. She is waiting to be rescued from her despair, and the BFG unwittingly comes to that rescue.

Compare her situation to that of anyone who is not in covenant with God. In writing to the Ephesians, for example, Paul says it plainly:

remember that at that time you were separated from Christ [excluded from any relationship with Him], alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise [with no share in the sacred Messianic promise and without knowledge of God’s agreements], having no hope [in His promise] and [living] in the world without God. (Eph. 2:12 AMP)

 

This image from BFG shows Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.

As Sophie longed for a family, Gentiles longed for God. They both wanted the relationship, and in the end, they both got it. Sophie is adopted into the royal family of England just as the Gentiles were adopted into God’s own royal family. What Paul tells the Ephesians next sums it up perfectly:

But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:12 CEB)

The BFG and Vulnerability

Something else magical happens when the BFG reaches out to Sophie: Sophie reaches back. Specifically, when she realizes that the other giants of Giant Country need to be stopped, she realizes that she can’t help the BFG in the way he needs. Those other giants already call the BFG “Runt” and toss him around like a football.

And she can’t stand up to them – at least, not by herself.

But thankfully, she knows someone who can: the Queen.

This image from BFG shows the Queen about to drink the green Frobscottle.

Sophie brings the BFG to the Queen, and the Queen is abe to help the BFG. It echoes what John the Baptist told the remnant of his followers when their brothers left John for Jesus:

You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (John 3:28-30 NLT)

In order to help the BFG in the way he needed to be helped, Sophie took a back seat and introduced him to the Queen. Let it be so with us whenever we have a friend or a loved who needs help that we can’t provide.

Don’t forget: we know a Guy.


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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is a graduate student pursuing his Master in Theatre Arts degree with Regent University. He is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. You can find him live-tweeting his favorite movies on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever or posting poetry and unsolicited opinions at thebookofbrenden.com
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  • Philip Heard

    Hey guys! This was an interesting film, a bit different than the typical fare we get nowadays for family viewing. I like it’s departure from contemporary movies, and I suppose we owe much of that to Roald Dahl. I thought Ruby Barnhill carried the film really well, and was probably the highlight for me. And Mark Rylance is great in anything he does, I particularly like the way he delivers dialogue in a reserved manner.
    One thing that I get is how the BFG found Sophie in the first place, which reminds me of 2 Chronicles 16:9a (NKJV)”For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Sophie had a good and tender heart, and the BFG was drawn to that. If we have a heart devoted to God, we can rely upon Him to give us the support we require to do His work.

    Thanks for the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

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