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Raise a glass of Frobscottle, everyone! The Big Friendly Giant, all 24 feet of him, has finally made the leap from the pages of Roald Dahl’s 1982 book, onto the cinema screen. The animated version from 1989 (with David Jason voicing the tall one) may be fondly remembered, but this is a major live-action cinematic […]
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- Cai Ross
Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” feels as if were made by machine — uniform, perfectly tooled, but lacking a distinctive touch. So, it’s strange that the film’s one true spark of humanity doesn’t stem from an actor’s on-screen performance, but from a technical representation of a character who isn’t even human.
Mark Rylance’s spry, sprightly performance as the Big Friendly Giant provides the film’s saving grace, despite the fact that he’s never physically present in it. Instead, via the magic of motion capture, Rylance’s frame is stretched to a spindly 24 feet high, the better to play a giant who nervously abducts a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), inadvertently rescuing her from a loveless orphanage.
It’s a delicate balancing act, for both Rylance and for the performance-capture team, because the character needs to be both terrifying and pitiable; a giant who »
- Sam Adams
2 items from 2016
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