Yet another one of Roald Dahl’s books from 1982 is about to hit the big screen. Legendary film director Steven Spielburg has been working on a film adaption of Dahl’s The BFG. Starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill, this Disney production will be here soon this Friday, July 1.
The BFG (Mark Rylance) meets a little British orphan named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and takes her along on an adventure. At first, Sophie is afraid and longs for home, but soon a friendship takes form between the large giant and the small girl. Unfortunately, this attracts the attention of some of the bad and even bigger giants such as Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement). It is up to Sophie and her friend the BFG to travel to London and ask Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) to help them get rid of the child-eating giants.
At first, a movie adaption off of another of Roald Dahl’s works would seem to go off to Tim Burton and crew, but Speilburg, who has made children’s animations before, such as The Adventures of Tintin, takes the lead. If it’s Steven Spielburg, Melissa Mathsion (screenwriter for E.T.), and John Williams (composer for Star Wars) collaborating together for a friendly CGI animation on The BFG, I should think it would be pulled off well. Some reviews I have read are saying that it’s not the best from Speilburg, lacking in dramatic action and falling short of the great director’s magical skills, yet satisfying enough for the family with a younger audience. Rotton Tomato’s ratings is a 72% and a 7.4 from IMDB.
As for myself, I have not read the book, but I am familiar with Dahl’s style of writing, so I’m anxious to see what “Speilburg meets Dahl” turns out to be in The BFG.
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