Posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, one more trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s fantasy film The BFG has arrived. Based on Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s novel of the same name, the film follows a young girl (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) who finds herself in the world of giants after befriending one of the 24-foot inhabitants, played by Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance.
In the latest The BFG trailer, we get to see much more of the giant world and impressive visual effects. Just from a technical standpoint, this already looks better than the recent giant adventure Jack the Giant Slayer, though it’s clearly a much more family friendly, whimsical tale. See for yourself in the new trailer after the jump.
Here’s The BFG trailer straight from Disney:
Unlike some of Steven Spielberg’s previous family fare, this one feels very expressly made for children, for better or worse. While the special effects used to bring the giants to life look great, the world and magic itself ends up taking away from their authenticity. Some of the reviews from the premiere say the visual effects proved to be a bit distracting in an otherwise run of the mill children’s fantasy adventure, and it’s easy to see why that would be the case.
Since The BFG comes from Steven Spielberg, there might be a little more pressure riding on this one than other movies of this nature. That’s especially true since this film reunites Spielberg with E.T. The Extra Terrestrial scribe Melissa Mathison. It would be unfair to expect The BFG to be just as good as that classic sci-fi flick, but we’re certainly hoping for something magical.
If you want to see more from The BFG, you can watch the previous trailer right here.
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 BFG stomps into theaters on July 1, 2016.
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