Trailer Time: The BFG Trailer #1 (2016) *Spielberg & Dahl*

Steven Spielberg speaks on his big film for 2016: his adaptation of Raold Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant:

“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book. 

“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.” 

The BFG

Here’s a full detailed plot synopsis:

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. 

The movie is set to be released on July 1st!

My Favorite Scene: Witness (1985) “Don’t Mess With the Amish”

For all the memorable characters he’s created over his career, Harrison Ford has only one Oscar nomination and it’s not for Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Dr. Richard Kimble or Jack Ryan.  His only nomination came from 1985’s Witness, directed by one of the most underrated directors of the 80’s and 90’s: Peter Weir.

Harrison Ford, Witness

In the film, Ford plays a cop who must go undercover with the Amish in order to protect a young child (Lukas Haas) who witnessed a murder.  The film is one of the best of Ford’s career.  Peter Weir has a talent for taking actors who get complacent in one type of role and bringing something hidden out of them (as he did for Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society and Jim Carrey in The Truman Show).  Ford is not exactly Amish in temperment, so on a trip to town, the locals, who are accustomed to teasing the group without reaction, gets a handful from Ford.  He’s not really in a “turn the other cheek” place at this moment.  But then, Ford usually isn’t.

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