Sunday, 21 April 2019

‘Dream team’ aims to do Dahl justice

STEVEN Spielberg may have underestimated the daunting task of bringing The BFG to the big screen.

STEVEN Spielberg may have underestimated the daunting task of bringing The BFG to the big screen.

The Roald Dahl classic, published in 1982, is one of the most loved and read children’s books of all time.

The director, then, has a huge task of not only satisfying those who read the book as children, but new, younger audiences who are still enjoying, arguably, the author’s most famous work.

But let’s not beat around the bush here — if you were going to choose any director to transfer a story as iconic as this to the big screen, Spielberg would be your man.

The BFG is the exciting tale of a young London girl named Sophie, played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill, and the mysterious giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

Spielberg’s filmography needs no introduction, but being one of the most versatile in the business, getting the best out of his leading men and ladies and effortlessly conveying complex emotions will, let’s hope, work wonders here.

Spielberg teams up once again with a familiar face from his last outing as director, Mark Rylance.

Rylance, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his turn in Bridge of Spies, plays the large but loveable title character, so all the signs are good.

This being a live-action adventure, visual effects have been provided by Weta Digital, which worked on the Lord of the Rings triology and Avatar — some of the most visually stunning films in recent years. With John Williams composing and conducting the film’s score there is, dare I say it, nothing short of a dream team working on this film.

Spielberg, while flitting between subject matter of all kinds over the years, is known for his care and attention to deeply personal projects.

Let’s hope, then, that in the centenary year of Dahl’s birth, he has shown the same dedication to this project.

The BFG is showing at Henley Regal Cinema from today (Friday).

Looking ahead to next week, Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel is previewing on Wednesday (3.15pm and 8.45pm) and Thursday (3pm and 5.45pm).

Review: David White

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