Like Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl had a true gift for manufacturing bizarro words. In his 1982 classic The BFG, the odd phraseology comes to us via the titular big guy, whose version of our vocabulary is close enough to understand, yet disparate enough to be sublimely wackadoo. The Big Friendly Giant’s words come alive in the new Steven Spielberg-directed movie version, with Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) playing the eponymous role.
Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic ‘The BFG’ has just screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and so far the reaction has been hugely positive. Director Spielberg and Mark Rylance (the actor who plays the big friendly giant) collaborate again, having worked on ‘Bridge of Spies’ together. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave it a four-star write-up, calling it ”hugely charming” and describes Rylance’s casting as the BFG as crucial, saying he “absolutely makes this movie what it is”.
Between Jon Favreau’s ‘Jungle Book’ and Steven Spielberg’s 'The BFG’, it’s looking like a vintage year for classic literature on the big screen.