Phoning home: “The BFG”

theBFGRoald Dahl published The BFG, his tale of a lonely girl who forms an unlikely friendship with a gangly, otherworldly creature, in 1982, the same year that Steven Spielberg released E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, his tale of a lonely boy who forms… well, you get the idea. If that’s not a parallel enough, these two titans of the popular imagination finally meet 34 years later thanks to a screenplay by E.T.‘s writer, the late Melissa Matheson, to whom the film is lovingly dedicated. Despite the connective tissue, though, the results are mixed—as you might expect, given both the temperaments and very different sensibilities of the respective authors. Continue reading “Phoning home: “The BFG””