Big (1988)


“Boss needs to be knocked on his ass every once in a while.” MacMillan

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1988, cable, video, DVD on 3 Jun 2000 and 29 Sep 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A 12 year old makes a wish to be big and it somehow comes true.

My Take on it – We all dreamed a skids of what it will be like to be an adult and this movie does a great job of showing that.

I saw this movie when I was 14 and can only really fully appreciate it now as a 39 year old.

Watching a young Tom Hanks in his first role to get him a Best Actor nomination was a pleasure, he really found a way at the age of 30 to act like a 12 year old and make it seem real.

Great supporting roles by Robert Loggia and Elizabeth Perkins.

I watched the Director’s Cut of this movie which is 30 minutes longer than the original cut and felt that it really gives the movie more weight; adding a completeness that was missing from the original cut.  The DC adds more depth to the main character by showing more of his life as a kid and more of his life as an adult.

Best scene in this movie is most definitely the piano scene between Loggia and Hanks!!

Bottom Line – This movie really hits the nail on the head. Hanks shines and makes us believe that he really is a 12 year old in the body of a 30 year old. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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