Monday, October 7, 2013

Movie of the Week – Big

This week’s movie: Big (1988).

Josh is just a typical kid living in New Jersey. He plays video games, likes sports, hangs out with his best friend, and has a crush on a girl who happens to be older. Thinking that he has a chance with her, he tries to go on a rollercoaster at a local fair to impressive her, but when he finally gets to the ride he is denied entrance (for not being tall enough to ride). Embarrassed, he makes a wish to be ‘big’ on a creepy fortune-teller machine. The next morning he awakes to find himself a thirty-year-old man.

Director Penny Marshall, who also had a hit film with A League of Their Own, directs what is probably her best film, working with writer Gary Ross (who has since become a well-known director, last year he wrote and directed The Hunger Games), producer James L. Brooks, cinematographer Howard Shore, cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, and production designer Santo Loquasto.

The film stars Tom Hanks (who is at his best), with Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, and Jared Rushton co-starring. John Heard, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, and Mercedes Ruehl feature in support.

Big was among my favorite films as a kid, and it is one of the few that has held up (and I may even like it more today – but nostalgia is probably playing a role in that). Young Tom Hanks made highly enjoyable comedies such as Splash, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, and Joe Versus the Volcano – but Big is by far his best (even earing him his first Oscar nomination). This is a must-see for comedy fans and Tom Hanks fans.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video-On-Demand

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