“Holly on Hollywood”
by Holly McClure
The BFG is a live-action adaptation of a classic children’s story by Roald Dahl (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to Matilda), about an orphan named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who is taken during the night from a London orphanage by a giant named Runt (Mark Rylance). BFG (‘Big Friendly Giant’ as Sophie likes to call him) takes the 10 year old to his home in Giant Country where the two become friends. Sophie learns his strange language while hiding from the tormenting, cannibal giants who live in the land. BFG shows Sophie how he became a dream-catcher by collecting dreams from a magical tree and distributing them to the people of the world. Sophie comes up with a plan to…
…protect her new friend (and the world) from the threatening giants all they have to do is give the Queen a dream! Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement and Penelope Wilton also star.
This PG family-friendly fantasy is brought to you by the two brands known best for family entertainment, Spielberg and Disney, who give us a breathtaking world of make-believe. If only Dahl could see his magical words on the big screen, he would’ve been amazed by the incredible CGI special effects that bring BFG (and his world) to life, in a beautiful realistic and stunning way. One of my favorites, John Williams, delivers a lovely score that takes you on a journey of emotions, along with wonderful scenes like BFG’s dream-catching world and a funny breakfast scene with the Queen in her castle.
I love Spielberg’s old fashioned style that reminds us how PG family films should be – heartwarming, funny, at times a little scary and magical, while delivering a touching message of friendship and accepting each other’s differences. This is one that kids from 4 to 94 will enjoy!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!