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The BFG is a Visual Delight but a Sluggish Movie!

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.
In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

Steven Spielberg’s first film with Disney, The BFG, features three brilliant performances and a horde of delightful visuals that are dulled more than a little by the film’s tendency to meander – dropping the pace to sluggish.

It doesn’t quite capture that unique balance of whimsy, wit and darkness that Roald Dahl’s work so great, either.

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Movie News: July 2016 Preview, Darth Vader’s Return, and Ready Player One

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It’s the middle of the summer, which means lots of big budget blockbusters are about to hit screens! As such, GeekScholars Movie News is ready to reveal their Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Predictions for July 2016 including:

  • The BFG
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Ghostbusters
  • Star Trek: Beyond
  • Jason Bourne
  • Bad Moms

Plus, the hosts discuss whether or not Darth Vader returning in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a good thing, and if Steven Spielberg should reference his own movies in Ready Player One.

The BFG Lacks Whimsy, Warmth and Awe

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Steven Spielberg finally returns to one of the genres he cut his bones on – Children’s fables/fantasy in The Big BFG. This should be a cause for celebration but somehow his stint into more serious fair has muted his childlike wonder. Or maybe it’s screenwriter’s Melissa Mathison (Screenplay) painfully, tedious, inert script that sinks this entire Roald Dahl (Novel) affair. Moments of visual splendor in service of nothing. Any film that resorts to fart jokes is creatively bankrupt.

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The BFG Goes To Cannes!

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.
In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

Steven Spielberg is Cannes with the cast of his new Disney film, The BFG – which has its World Premiere there tomorrow, May 14th. Following the jump, there is a link to a video featuring Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) and Spielberg playing a quick game of Stump Steven Spielberg. It’s quite delightful.

The BFG opens wide on July 1st.

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Movie News: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Preview Reviews for Rogue One, The BFG, and Swiss Army Man

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It’s a super fun episode of GeekScholars Movie News this week which kicks off with the hosts playing a round of Script Doctor as they use words to describe the recently revealed title Spider-Man: Homecoming, the poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and the casting of Joel McHale (Community) to play Chevy Chase (Community).

From there, it’s a trio of Preview Reviews as the GeekScholars share their thoughts on footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The BFG, and Swiss Army Man.

Explaining The Rules Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s The BFG!

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Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – three of the world’s great storytellers combine to tell the story of a little girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and what happened to her at the Witching Hour (3 am – not midnight, as you’d suppose), one particular night.

The first teaser trailer for Spielberg’s The BFG is just about as perfectly Dahl as you could imagine – and cleverly gives us just enough of a glimpse of Sophie’s unexpected visitor (Mark Rylance) to hint at the delights (and potential terrors) that Spielberg has in store for us when The BFG opens on July 1, 2016. Check it out after the jump.

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Disney Joins Spielberg’s The BFG!

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Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG has a new participant. Disney has joined the project as a co-producer and co-financier.

The film’s cast has also expanded to include Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and others.

The BFG is Spielbverg’s first Disney-branded film as a director and is scheduled for a July 1, 2016 release. For more, follow the jump.

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