Best of the Week: Big

Of the 11 films that I saw this week, it was easy to pick which one I liked best. I had a lot of fun with Pleasantvilleand I respect the hell out of Apocalypse Now thanks to watching Hearts of Darkness (both of which I watched this month), but the winner is 1988’s comedy, Big starring Tom Hanks. As I wrote about in this post, this is easily one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies of all time because of how surprisingly endearing, profound and hilarious it was. I didn’t expect too much going into this film because (at least for me personally) older comedies and older horror films are two things that do not hold up at all. What was funny then is not funny now, because a lot of the time, the comedy is applicable to the present-day audience and future audiences might not grasp the jokes, or just won’t think they’re clever. Big, on the other hand, is a timeless comedy because it focuses on something that is prominent in everybody’s life: growing up. This is one of the most honest social-commentary films that very subtly argues it’s point as to not seem preachy, all while being very smart and persuasive.

In this story, Tom Hanks’ character Josh is unhappy with being a kid, and makes a wish on a machine at a state fair that he was big. In the morning, he wakes up in an adult body, and gets kicked out of his house by his parents who think that he broke in and kidnapped Josh. With no home, family, money, or anything, this young kid in a man’s body has to navigate the adult world with no knowledge or training in anything… and he does a surprisingly good job at it! Actually, he’s better at it than everybody else, and the reasoning that this happens in the story is to show that adults who let go of their inner kid are missing out on the best parts of life: fun, innocence, and naivety. He gets a job at a toy company, gets promoted in the first day, takes the job of somebody who has wanted that position for years, impresses the girl he works with, gets his own apartment, makes a ton of money, and has a lot of fun doing it, and this is all because he has the right attitude. Again, this film does all of this without being preachy or silly – the movie is incredibly endearing and enjoyable and I had a constant smile on my face throughout.

Because of the plot of a kid becoming an adult, this movie will both be funny for kids and adults, and as somebody who is 21, and sort of still in the in-between state, this film was uproarious at times. One scene in particular is when Joey brings the girl home for a “sleepover,” and offers her the bottom bunk, after they jump on his trampoline. I won’t spoil the rest of the film, but just know that it’s more fun than you can expect, if you haven’t seen it. Because of the hilarious, heartfelt and honest writing, the great performances, and the timeless story, this film has become one of my favorite comedies to date. As I find this film to be fantastic, I’m going to give it a 9/10, and a gold recommendation! You definitely have to watch this film, by yourself or with people, it’s a fun experience either way. Have you already seen this? What did you think about the movie as well as this short review? As always, thanks for reading, share if you liked this, and I’ll see you soon!

Published by Blake Carson Schwarz

Indiana University graduate in Media and Creative Writing. I love to write my own stories as well as experience the work of others. On this site, I post reviews, essays, and other fun posts that I hope you have as much fun reading and I have writing. Please share any comments you have, I'd be happy to hear what you think! *Never a critic, always a fan*

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