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Cinematic Enchantment, For a Change

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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.

Occasionally, Hollywood releases diverting fare for kids but only rarely do family films qualify as dazzling works of art.  But Steven Spielberg’s The BFG—“The Big Friendly Giant”—is a gorgeous, touching enchantment, destined to become a classic.

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 best-seller, the movie follows an orphan girl into Giant Country where a huge new friend protects her from his scary, ravenous neighbors.

There’s hilarious interaction with Queen Elizabeth—and a good-natured nod to President Reagan. Every image glows with warmth and affection, the computer animation is breathtaking, and John Williams, as always, contributes a heart-tugging, glorious musical score.

Spielberg turns 70 this year, but he’s working at the top of his game: 2012’s Lincoln is probably the best film ever made about a president, last year’s Bridge of Spies was a masterful Cold War thriller, and now The BFG is a work of genius, with a dreamy, childlike quality that will delight both kids and parents.

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