I promise, one of these days I’ll get around to reading a book before the movie adaptation comes out. It’s going to happen.
The BFG is an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic which tells of the unlikely friendship between a little girl and a giant. Is it a towering triumph or just another tall tale? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out.
So who stars in this movie? Mark Rylance of Bridge of Spies is the Big Friendly Giant himself, and relative newcomer Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie. Other cast members include Rebecca Hall of as Mary, Bill Hader of Inside Out as Bloodbottler, and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords as Fleshlumpeater.
The director is Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest storytellers of our time and the man who brought us the Indiana Jones films, E.T., Jaws, and so many more. It’s safe to say I’m more than a little excited to see his take on this classic film.
The trailer begins with Sophie asking the BFG what kind of monster he is. “Bone cruncher, child chewer, meat dripper, gizzard gulper, butcher boy,” he replies. Of course, since he doesn’t actually do any of those things in the movie, that’s quite a yarn he’s spinning. Sophie asks him not to eat her please, and the BFG asks, “You think, because I’m a giant, that I’m a man-gobbling canniabal?” No, she thinks that because you just called yourself a child chewer.
But apart from a playful roar, the BFG is as harmless as can be. He takes Sophie for a run to visit a glowing tree and tells her, “You can call me the Big Friendly Giant.” Isn’t Big a bit redundant considering the phrase also includes the word giant? He tells us he catches dreams and hands Sophie one just for her. Which is gonna be great, except now she’s so excited from holding a dream that I don’t think she’ll ever go to sleep to use it.
But not all dreams are good, and not all giants are either. Some particularly large and nasty giants come to visit, and I can’t help but notice the BFG is tiny next to them, making his name that much more of a misnomer. “You has a delicious little bean,” says the lead giant. No he doesn’t, he has a child. That’s nothing like a bean! Sophie tries to run, but a hand pops out of the ground and snatches her up. You know, when she asked for a hand, I don’t think that’s what she meant.
The giants throw the BFG around, much to Sophie’s dismay. “Are you scared?” she asks. “Yeah,” he admits. “I’m not,” says Sophie. Girl, you’re the one who could get stepped on or eaten; you should be afraid! A giant steps on cars like he’s going to use them for roller skates, and Sophie says she has a plan. That plan apparently involves driving a runaway garbage truck down a hill with the BFG on board.
The BFG pours phantom parachuters out of a jar, giant fists play whack-a-mole with Sophie, and the two friends use a magnifying lens to size one another up. Sophie goes down a water chute, the BFG gives her a bath, and between the two events I’m kinda surprise she hasn’t drowned yet. And the trailer ends with the BFG leaping into the clouds so hard it causes lightning and thunder as Sophie declares, “I’m going to call you the BFG.” Oh, good, because that’s what I’ve been calling him the whole time.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend the movie? Yes, yes I do. It stars some great talent backed by beautiful visuals and imaginative adventures, plus it’s from a genius of a director, so it’s hard to go wrong. For kids and the young at heart, this one’s a must-see.
Because a Big Friendly Giant deserves a Big Fun Movie.
The BFG is owned by Walt Disney Studios.