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Mark Rylance was again exceptional !!
7 January 2017
We originally bought the movie for our 5 year old but decided to view it first. I am glad we did as we did feel parts of the movie were dark and scary for a 5 year old. We will wait until he is 6 or 7.
Personally as an adult I was keen to watch this movie not only because I loved the book as a youngster but because if the casting of Mark Rylance as BFG - one of the greatest artists , actors alive - I would almost say geniuse he is that good. Those who dont believe me watch one of his productions or watch him live on stage or the movie "Bridge of Spies" !
He did not let me down - he was exceptional and made BFG worth a watch.
the BFG is symbolic of an author, of Roald Dahl himself:
The BFG was of course always an author, even before he was literate; his medium was the dream, and he used dreams to tell stories to bring joy to children. He gave these dreams as protest, resistance, and counterattack to the consuming violence of his nine awful brothers.
The BFG’s nine awful brothers are symbolic of all the threats to our children that exist in this dark world and its crowded halls of terrors and sharp-toothed nightmares:
Our love and care for our children is shaded and intensified by an understanding of their fragility, their mortality, their susceptibility to disease, accident, chaos, the carelessness of others…factors easily metaphorized into child-eating giants. Our love for our own children precludes an equal love for children who are not our own, despite whatever ethical systems we claim to practice and subscribe to.
Turner notes how deeply profound and personal, especially if you’re a parent, “The BFG” becomes when you read it (or watch Spielberg’s version) through this lens:
And this is what I find so moving about The BFG: Dahl converts the personal (and infinite) loss of his own daughter into a loving gift he seeks to share with all children. He shared that gift with me when I was a child, when I never imagined that I would grow up to be an adult with a child of my own to whom I would read that gift again, in a new, strange, sad, dark, joyous way.
Maybe all I am trying to say here, in this long, long-winded way, is Thank you.
For this reason, and because “The BFG” is helmed by one of the greatest on-screen storytellers of our time, “The BFG” will not only entertain you to no end, it might even move you to “strange, sad, dark, joyous” tears.
And I think Roald Dahl would have wanted it that way.
For those disappointed on the first viewing I recommend you give it a second glance and you will discover another dimension