Steven Spielberg is one of our greatest living filmmakers for a variety of reasons. His projects contain a human sentimentality without straying into full on melodrama or manipulative emotions. A few of his works may arguably falter in what I just praised him for, but there is always something rewarding with the work of Spielberg. His ability to craft true cinematic visuals with ethos and pathos is unparalleled. I bring all this up because I’m unfamiliar with the story behind his latest feature, The BFG, aside from the fact that it is based on a book by Roald Dahl. It looks to be filled with a sense of wonder only Spielberg could capture with the curious and specific tone of a Dahl story.
Read the official plot synopsis below:
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg, finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
See the first official trailer below:
The BFG hits theaters on July 1st, 2016.
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