Walt Disney Studios has released a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel The BFG.
Steven Spielberg returns with his cinematic reimagining of Roald Dahl‘s The BFG, a film that highlights what is perhaps the director’s greatest strength in filmmaking; telling children’s stories that capture the charm and magic of our imagination.
The film’s first trailer presented us with a glimpse of Academy Award winner Mark Rylance‘s Big Friendly Giant and also the World that he inhabits, all without showing too much. The newly released footage expands upon its predecessor’s material, with a clearer, more extended look at the character of The BFG, and the story beats, seen from young Sophie’s (Ruby Barnhill) perspective.
It seems opinion is divided with regards to the trailer, as many viewers have voiced some disappointment with just how much CGI has been used here. while we’re not quite as skeptical, there are clearly a number of places where it does become a bit obvious that Barnhill, in reality, is sat in front of a green screen. However, with a little time to go until the movie’s release, it’s not too late to iron out some of these smaller issues, and to be honest we really don’t think there’s much to worry about when Spielberg is at the helm.
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.
The BFG skips into theatres July 22nd.