- Posted by Chris Connors
- On April 6, 2016
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- disney, Steven Spielberg, The BFG
A few years back, Bryan Singer (X-Men) attempted to transport us to a world populated by giants in Jack The Giant
Killer Slayer. That film was met with a critical and commercial “meh.” By that reception, it wouldn’t seem like there is an audience hungry for more CGI trips to the land of giants, so what makes The BFG a movie that we are looking forward to? The fact that it is coming from one of the greatest living directors, Steven Spielberg, and based on a story by Roald Dahl (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory). And now we have the first full length trailer to see just what that is going to look like.
I have to be honest, I am not really loving the CGI on display here but I am chalking it up to the fact that the film is still several months away and we are looking at an unfinished product. Also, I am always down for any film that carries the Amblin Entertainment logo.
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.
The BFG hits theaters on July 1, 2016.