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On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
The Bfg, 2016.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.
Several of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s stories have been made into films over the years, most of which the author despised because they deviated from his books in significant ways. Ironically, one of the few adaptations he approved of was the 1989 British animated version of the The Bfg, which was very faithful to the source material. Spielberg has reportedly been trying to adapt the book for over 20 years, and now, with the help of his E.T. screenwriter (the late Melissa Mathison) and his new favourite actor Mark Rylance, »
- Amie Cranswick
Rob Leane Published Date Friday, July 22, 2016 - 06:22
Not only is The Bfg Steven Spielberg’s first firmly-aimed-at-families directorial project since his 2011 Tintin film, but it’s also an adaptation of a beloved Roald Dhal story, Spielberg’s final collaboration with his late E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison, and a reunion with Mark Rylance, who nabbed an Oscar for his previous Spielberg team-up, Bridge Of Spies.
So does The Bfg live up to all those anticipation-inciting elements? Well, yes and no. One big positive is that there’s certainly a hefty heart here, as you’d expect from the writer/director duo that had audiences sobbing over a puppet alien back in 1982.
From the minute that Rylance’s eponymous Big Friendly Giant plucks Ruby Barnhill’s insomniac orphan Sophie from her bed, a heart-warming friendship is born. What begins as prickly bantering develops into genuine affection, as the Bfg shows Sophie »
Director and producer Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s novel The Bfg. With a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, the movie tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), an orphan snatched from her bed by a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), who takes her to his home in Giant Land. Penelope Wilton stars as The Queen. The Bfg is released in UK cinemas on Friday 22 July
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- Guardian Staff
Singapore cinemas get a giant family movie
One of the most famous children’s books of the early eighties was Roald Dahl’s Bfg (Big Friendly Giant), and it is now set to make its appearance as a movie in Singapore on the 21st of July. Adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion) and brought to life through the directing talents of Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park) and special effects genius of Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar), it is the tale of a friendly giant who befriends a feisty young girl and plots to rid England of a tribe of evil, child-eating giants.
Considering the concentration of sheer talent brought to bear on creating this movie, it is certain to become a family favourite for years to come.
After being snatched – bed and all- from an orphanage dormitory, »
- The Hollywood News
The 4th of July holiday weekend is typically a big one at the box office, with fans flocking to their local theaters to beat the heat. This year, three new movies opened, The Bfg, The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year, going up against the winner for the past two weekends, Finding Dory. Unfortunately, none of these newcomers could defeat the champ, with Finding Dory winning for a third week in a row with $41.9 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory dropped just 42.6% this weekend. The Legend of Tarzan opened in 3,561 theaters, followed by The Bfg in 3,357 theaters and The Purge: Election Year in 2,796 theaters. The Bfg is the only new release to have a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating, with a solid 71% Fresh, with The Legend of Tarzan scoring just 35% and The Purge: Election Year getting 54%. The Legend of Tarzan debuted in second place with $38.1 million, followed »
It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.
Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.
“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »
- Brent Lang
It.s Tarzan versus the Big Friendly Giant at the box-office this weekend. Granted Alexander Skarsgard is physically fit as our King of the Jungle but he.s got a strong opponent with the triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, scriptwriter Melissa Mathison (.E.T..), and beloved author Roald Dahl (.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,. .James and the Giant Peach.). Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!
Chicago – One observation…when ‘The Bfg” was written in 1982 by iconic children’s author Roald Dahl, little did he know that acronyms would become the way we talk. When I first saw that title, I wondered what that “F” stood for. It’s “Friendly,” by the way, which is perfect for this film.
This is a big, sweet and friendly valentine to the source, both the book and Roald Dahl (who also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ featuring Willy Wonka), and is directed impeccably by Steven Spielberg. It is a bit of a throwback to the old kid-and-giant-films (like 1958’s “Tom Thumb”) of Spielberg’s youth, because while it’s done with the latest computer techniques, there is still use of miniatures and perspective techniques to illuminate the gigantic perspective. Mark Rylance portrays the title character, and does it with a wide-eyed wonder that is never saccharin, which »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The literary works of Roald Dahl hold a special place in my heart. I’ve read them all multiple times throughout the years – some of them becoming favorites and an easy way to escape back to my childhood as an adult. Most people levitate towards books like James & the Giant Peach and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, but not me. Ever since Mr. Cook’s 4th Grade Class, my Dahl of choice has always been The Bfg. The relationship between Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant and their adventures are ones that I’ve always gotten a kick out of. After watching the animated version of the book, I was nervous about a live action adaptation of such a beloved piece of my childhood. That is until I saw who was attached to the project. Not only did Steven Spielberg take on the directing role, but he reunited with his E.T. screenwriter – Melissa Mathison. »
- Dane Jackson
Another Roald Dahl story is coming to the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the late Melissa Mathison, Walt Disney Studios' The Bfg stars Mark Rylance as The Big Friendly Giant, Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, Penelope Wilton as The Queen, Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, Rebecca Hall as Mary and Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs. Based on Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, the film follows Sophie and The Bfg as they try to convince The Queen to help them get rid of all the evil giants. The film, which clocks in at 117 minutes, is rated PG. Many of Dahl's other works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and »
Fantasy meandering twists into something more action-oriented, and there’s little magic in it. This is not what we expect from a master cinematic fantasist. I’m “biast” (pro): big Spielberg fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We movie fans must be forgiven for supposing that an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The Bfg by screenwriter Melissa Mathison and director Steven Spielberg — their first collaboration since 1982’s E.T. — would be cause for celebration. Here is another story about a lonely child who befriends a mysterious creature and has an adventure that changes her life for the better… one that could take huge advantage of the significant FX advances that have occurred since 1982.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.
Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Pixar's Finding Dory helped resuscitate a sagging summer box office earlier this month, with a record-breaking $135 million, the highest debut ever for an animated movie. The sequel easily took down Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows and Free State of Jones in its second weekend, but it faces some much stiffer competition heading into the extended holiday. Disney's The Bfg, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year all debut this Friday. While it will likely be fairly close, Finding Dory is expected to hold onto its crown for a third weekend in a row, with $38.7 million.
If this prediction holds true, it will represent a 53.5% drop for Finding Dory in its third weekend, and push it past $300 million domestic. While $38.7 million isn't a terribly high figure for a winning summer weekend, none of the three new releases have been tracking very high with box office pundits. »
The phrase "fun for the whole family" is bandied about so much when it comes to any sort of family movie, that it seems almost mandatory to included it in the marketing, at some point. Of course, it's a super-broad generalization that still not only assumes modern families are still of the Norman Rockwell variety, but also that parents will love what their kids love, which used to not always be the case. Over the past decade or so, studios have gotten much better at crafting movies that literally cater to this oft-uttered mantra of "fun for the whole family," with wholesome jokes for the kiddies and a few subtle jokes for the parents thrown in as well. With that being said, I was somewhat surprised that director Steven Spilelberg's The Bfg is so emotionally one-note, (and one-sided), despite being visually remarkable.
I was hoping that Walt Disney Pictures' »
Believe it or not, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has yet to make a movie over at Disney. He finally has though, with the release this week of The Bfg, based on the classic book of the same name by Roald Dahl. As I’ll get into below, Spielberg and Disney have long been a good potential fit, so this was always a matter of when, not if, but the pairing has occurred and we now have another children’s film of his to discuss. Is it anything to go nuts over? Could it be an awards player in any major way? Read on to find out… The film is, again, an adaptation of Dahl’s classic children’s book. It centers on a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who comes in contact with a Bfg, or Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Despite his imposing stature, he’s one giant »
- Joey Magidson
This weekend, one of the biggest adventures of the summer will hit theaters when The Bfg arrives July 1. To get fans ready for this release, we have five new clips that give us some new insight into Giant Country in this highly-anticipated adaptation. This long-awaited movie will go up against Universal's The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan this weekend.
The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The Bfg to life. Directed by the three-time Academy Award winner from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling book by Dahl, The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, »
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).
In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.
The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »
- Tim Gray
After the last power-packed Oscar nominated movie, Bridge of Spies, the visionary and celebrated filmmaker Steven Spielberg is back with fantasy adventure film The Bfg, which is all set to release in India on 15th July.
Well for the giant Bollywood release, B-town’s badman aka Gulshan Grover lends his voice in the hindi dubbed version of Speilberg’s The Bfg. Gulshan, being one of the celebrated actors also in the west, was apparently an obvious choice to play the main baddie Fleshlumpeater (which is portrayed by Jemaine Clement). Well, the role definitely suits our Badman and he did enjoy playing the character.
The Bfg, which stands for ‘Big Friendly Giant’, whose screenplay is by the very famous Oscar nominee the Late Melissa Mathison (Ex-wife of Harrison Ford) and is based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl.
- Press Releases
Audiences big and small made their way to the premiere of Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic “The Bfg” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg was candid on the carpet about casting for the film, saying he instantly knew that Mark Rylance was going to be his Big Friendly Giant.
“I knew it the first day I worked with him on ‘Bridge of Spies’ — anybody that could disappear into that Soviet agent where I didn’t see any of the transitions of how he did it, and then come right back out of it with those very happy eyes,” Spielberg said. “I also looked at Mark’s eyes and thought, ‘He has the Bfg’s eyes! I bet he can do the rest of it, too.'”
Rylance did one thing to prepare for his role as the quirky titular character. “I had a glass of water, »
- Maria Cavassuto
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