‘The BFG’ Trailer: Welcome to Giant Country
The ‘BFG’ in The BFG stands for “big f---ing giant,” right?
(Okay, my boss is now telling me it does not; it stands for “big friendly giant.” Sorry about the confusion.)
Whatever the acronym’s exact meaning, clearly the movie is about a very large person, one played by a man who recently won a very large award: Mark Rylance, who picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Steven Spielberg’s espionage drama Bridge of Spies. When Spielberg next moved on to The BFG, an adaptation of the famous novel by Roald Dahl, he brought Rylance along with him; he plays the title character alongside a cast that also includes Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, and Jemaine Clement, the latter as two even more b, way less f giants. Here’s the official 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.
I can already see the social media reviews: “The BFG is woke af!” And the ‘f’ in ‘af’ stands for friendly. Obviously. The BFG opens in theaters on July 1.