Steven Spielberg is set to return to the big budget, summer blockbuster realm this year after basically creating it at the beginning of his career with Jaws. However, after several years of what have felt like purely Oscar movies, the director’s return to larger films is an excited one for all of you movie fans out there, including myself. What better way to return, than by dealing with the childhood wonder that defined a majority of the director’s early career too?
The BFG, an adaptation of the same story by Roald Dahl, will reunite Spielberg with not only Disney for the first time since 1991’s Hook, but also his recent Bridge of Spies star, Mark Rylance, who plays the magical giant featured in the film’s first teaser trailer.
While the film’s marketing has been somewhat low up until this point, now that Spielberg’s awards campaigns are finally beginning to slow down, you can likely expect some more trailers, images, and plot information from this one in the coming months.
The first official poster for The BFG was released earlier today as well, and frankly, it looks like something straight out of a children’s storybook – which is not a bad thing:
Check out the film’s official synopsis as well:
“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 Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, 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. 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.”
Among the listed credentials, the film will also reunite Spielberg with his E.T. screenwriter, the late great Melissa Mathison, who unfortunately passed away late last year, making this the last collaboration between herself and the critically-acclaimed filmmaker. Mathison’s involvement gives me high hopes for this one too, and the trailer itself seemed to combine terror, suspense, wonder, and magic in a way that I haven’t seen Spielberg do in years, reminding me why myself, and thousands of others, fell in love with his films to begin with.
The BFG is flying a little under the radar right now, but that’s going to all change in just a few short months, making it one of the blockbuster dark horses of this year’s rather packed tentpole season.
The BFG is set to hit theatres on July 1st.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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