Books into Movies: Roald Dahl Edition

I love, love, love Roald Dahl. And one of my all-time favorite books of his is The BFG. I saw that Disney has made it into a movie, and I have such mixed feelings about that. Mostly because The BFG is so amazingly wonderful as a book, I don’t want them to mess it up. I read that book over and over to my kids when they were young. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg so that gives me hope. What do you think?

 

 

Last night, while channel surfing, I came upon another Roald Dahl book turned into a movie, Esio Trot.

The movie’s two main characters are played by Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, so it sort of was going to be good no matter what. I only caught the end of this movie, but it was wonderful, sweet and so perfectly Roald Dahl, that I’ll have to go watch the whole thing now. But first, I’ll track down the book.

Here is the blurb of Esio Trot from Goodreads : “Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it’s going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.”

And the closing song in the movie is Louis Armstrong’s “It’s Been a Long Long Time” so just another thing to love about this movie.