Big (1988) (MovieRob CoronaCamp #4 of ????) – Encore Review

In these uncertain times, obviously all of our lives and scheduled have been interrupted in ways we never could have imagined.  In order to take advantage of the precious time that this world wide crisis has given me with my 4 kids, I decided to choose some movies to watch with them in order to help expand their movie knowledge while also generating quality time with them which will hopefully give them some great memories during this very challenging time…  Thus I decided to create a CoronaCamp featuring some fun films to watch with them.

“You can’t keep a kid from growing up. All a 13-year-old boy wants is a 13-year-old girl. And I sure don’t know how to build one of those.” – MacMillan

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1988, cable, video, DVD on 3 Jun 2000, 29 Sep 2013 and 30 Mar 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A 12 year old boy wishes to be big and after having his wish granted must try and figure out how to live life as a grown up until he is able to find a way to return to his younger self.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing when I was 14 and loved it.

I have seen it so many times since then, but decided that this was a great film to try and allow my whole family to also be exposed to and enjoy.

This movie is amazing and is able to take a simple story and turn it into something much more that even borders on legendary.

This works even better due to the choice of placing Tom Hanks in the lead.

He is able to play a 12 year old boy living in a 30 year old body so well and is convincing the entire time with all of the antics that he plays throughout.

He was quite deserving in receiving his very first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his work in this film.

This movie works really well in so many ways and constantly is able to give us some profound and poignant messages along the way.

The story works on numerous levels and has different kinds of messages for kids and for adults yet they both revolve around the idea of the necessity for one to embrace their youth no matter their age.

The best scene in this movie is by far the one that takes place in F.A.O Schwartz since it allows us to see the theme and message of this film in a nutshell which is so enjoyable to watch.

My kids loved this film despite the fact that I’m sure none of them (ages 5-15) really understood the underlying message of this film for kids; hold on to your youth and try to stop wishing and hoping that you will soon be older or bigger.

My wife, who hadn’t seen this film since she was a kid also loved it and she, like me understood the message for adults; hold on to parts of your youth no matter what in order to give you a different perspective on life.

This is such a fun film and still is so relevant even after 32 years.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that takes a simple story and makes it legendary largely due to the performance of Hanks.  His performance is great because of the fact that it shows an adult acting as a kid and it comes across as being quite realistic. There is no surprise that Hanks was able to get his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his work in this film.  The story is one that works so well and is quite profound and poignant in its messages since it has one for kids and one for adults that both revolve around embracing your youth. The best scene is the one in F.A.O. Schwarz that is the message of the film in a nutshell. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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