The BFG (short for Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg, has introduced itself to the world with this terrifying trailer. And it might be not exactly what you’d expect from what is purporting to be a movie for kids.
In the trailer for The BFG by Disney, we see Sophie, played by Ruby Barnhill, who explains to the audience what the witching hour is all about, according to Xpose. Despite the common belief, the witching hour actually falls at 3 a.m., as said by Sophie.
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Saying the phrases “never get out of bed,” “never go near the window,” “never look behind the curtain,” she decides to look behind the curtain. And what does she see? She sees the BFG himself, portrayed by Mark Rylance, who has recently received a Golden Globes 2016 nomination, according to Variety.
This is the debut trailer of Spielberg’s The BFG, which is a feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name. The story of the movie revolves around Sophie’s life, who explores the perils of Giant Country.
The giant himself is twenty-four feet tall and isn’t exactly the smartest character of The BFG. While the Big Friendly Giant is not the type of giant who shares personal things with others, Bloodbottler (played by Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (portrayed by Jemaine Clement) are almost fifty feet tall and are much creepier that the main giant of the movie.
While these two have been known to eat humans, Sophie is scared of all of the giants, even the BFG, who later appears to be gentle and charming. Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant have kept to themselves for the most part of their lives up until they met. And now the mutual affection for each other rapidly grows and the audience sees it happening on screen, according to Slash Film.
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But other giants in Giant Country appear more restless than the BFG, which is why the gentle and charming giant and Sophie go to London to see the Queen (played by Penelope Wilton) to warn her about the dangerous giant situation in the world. But first, of course, the two have to convince the Queen that giants do indeed exist.
And that’s when the pair comes up with a plan to eliminate the giants once and for all. Despite the “eliminate the giants” part, Spielberg, the director of The BFG, said that he is making a story about friendship.
“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.”
Melissa Mathison turned Dahl’s book into a terrifying yet beautiful story on screen. The BFG was voiced by Mark Rylance, while a Saturday Night Live star, Bill Hader, gave a voice to Bloodbottler. This is the first film in the career of Ruby Barnhill, 11-year-old actress who plays the main character – Sophie.
Roald Dahl’s The BFG was published in 1982 and is the only book of the author that had, until now, never been adapted into a feature film. Dahl’s books also include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, according to Slash Film.
While The BFG is exciting and highly anticipated by children from all around the world, judging by the trailer, which has been watched over 4.5 million times since its release, the movie is going to have a lot of darkness and macabre aspects, according to TechTimes.
The BFG opens on July 1 across the United States.
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