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THE BFG (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance

The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having now seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.

The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for really isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace. I found the pace to be so incredibly slow, that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’

Unfortunately for me, things didn’t get interesting and engaging until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.

Prior to this definitely disappointing The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). I’m no longer sure about that now.

The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my now adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that. I did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.

My main hope for The BFG  is that children, the key target audience for the movie actually have a good time when they watch it. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…

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THE BFG (2016): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg & Mark Rylance

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant

Today’s trailer is for The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), the latest film from Mark Rylance and director Steven Spielberg.

Based on the classic children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl, The BFG is the story of a young girl called Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), and her encounter with a giant (Rylance).

Sophie’s big new friend is different because unlike his giant peers, The BFG is kind and completely uninterested in eating little boys and girls…

I wasn’t a fan of the original edit of The BFG trailer released a few weeks ago, but this new version has me very intrigued.

Rylance and Spielberg last worked together on Bridge Of Spies (2015)the film that lead to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for Rylance.

I’m almost certain I’ll enjoy this movie because it’s Spielberg and because I remember loving the book.

The BFG Release Dates: July 1st, 2016 (US & CAN); July 21st, 2016 (GER); July 22nd, 2016 (UK)…

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