Welcome to the witching hour!After a teaser just before Christmas eOne have now unveiled the new and full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG that welcomes you to Giant Country!
After 30 years of trying to bring one of Roald Dahl’s much loved books to the big screen this July that long journey is nearly over and we what we have is something truly special.
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 Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie(Ruby Barnhill), 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. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” 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.
We’ve all grown up with the monsters and all creatures of the night come out to ‘play’ at midnight, ‘the witching hour’. This trailer plays on that myth and that not all creatures are evil hence The Be Friendly Giant and as ever Spielberg works his magic to deliver something as loyal to the original story as possible. Gorgeous cinematography that finally gives us our first proper look at The BFG himself and the wider world especially the Giant Country.
So will this be rated a family classic like E.T or even Jurassic Park? All will be revealed when The BFG arrives in UK cinemas 3 weeks after USA on 22nd July.