The reviews are slowly coming in from Cannes for Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG and there very positive, today a giant adventure starts in the shape of an new UK trailer!He catches dreams, he is The Big Friendly Giant however in the latest promo the bad dreams are here too and so are the monsters!
Times be hard, times be soft. Cross your fingers, hold your breath and here we go!To many of an certain age Spielberg was introduced to our cinematic adventures thanks to E.T The Extra Terrestrial, it’s no surprise he’s back in area of film helped him become so popular. Will the pressure be on Spielberg too? He has the help from his former E.T scribe Melissa Mathieson scripting again, things look good for the film. Might not reach ‘classic’ levels we have hopes of something intriguing, magical most of all entertaining.
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.
Below is a selection of images from The BFG Cannes Film Festival Conference.
The BFG is out in UK&Ireland on 22nd July.