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Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' seeks to recapture the heights of 'E.T.'

Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' seeks to recapture the heights of 'E.T.'

“I had a dream last night.” The words arrive near the end of “The BFG,” and while they are thankfully not to be mistaken for that oldest of story-upending clichés (“It was all a dream”), they nonetheless linger like a melancholy echo over the whimsical high spirits of Steven Spielberg’s new movie. In ways both obvious and elusive, the curious logic of dreams is crucial to appreciating this technologically astounding if predictably sweetened adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 novel.

As millions of readers already know, “The BFG” is shorthand for “the Big Friendly Giant,” played via a brilliant...

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