- 1 hr 44 min
Big is a comedy-drama film released in 1988, directed by Penny Marshall and produced by James L. Brooks. The movie features Tom Hanks in the lead role of Josh Baskin, an adolescent boy who magically transforms into a full-grown adult overnight. The movie also stars Elizabeth Perkins as Susan Lawrence and Robert Loggia as MacMillan. The movie starts with Josh being dissatisfied with his small stature and wishes to become bigger. He visits a carnival where he finds a mysterious fortune-telling machine that grants him his wish. The next morning, Josh wakes up to find that he has transformed into a 30-year-old man with a job and an apartment in New York City. He seeks refuge at his best friend, Billy's house who initially tries to run from him, thinking it's an intruder or nothing less than scary. He finally believes Josh when he proves the transformation that he had gone through with Billy's Mother who is a doctor.
Josh heads to New York City in search of his family, but soon realizes that he is entirely unprepared for the adult world, despite his newfound physical appearance. He meets Susan Lawrence, an executive at a toy company, who doesn't believe his strange story but finds his innocence and charming nature appealing. Josh subsequently gets hired at the toy company, thanks to his playful behavior and his childlike sense of humor. Josh's innovative ideas make him stand out among the company's managers, and he quickly rises up the ranks.
As Josh spends more time at the company, he begins to enjoy his new adult life and develops feelings for Susan. However, when he learns that Susan has a boyfriend, he becomes crestfallen and runs away from the city. He returns home and searches for the fortune-telling machine to wish himself back into a child's body.
The film showcases Tom Hanks' acting skills brilliantly. He captures Josh's childlike enthusiasm and wonder perfectly, and his facial expressions and body language communicate his character's emotions brilliantly. Elizabeth Perkins delivers a great performance as Susan, bringing a mix of toughness and vulnerability to her role. Even MacMillan, the corporate executive, played perfectly by Robert Loggia, brings his prowess to the screen adding more charm to the movie.
The movie explores the theme of nostalgia and the longing that each of us has to grow up and become adults. It highlights the real issues and complexities that adults have to deal with in their regular lives, from the stress of work to the emotional baggage of relationships. The film encourages viewers to see the world in a different way and cherish the innocence of childhood.
The screenplay of the movie is written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg with a balanced blend of comedy, drama, and romance. The movie's scenes are set primarily in New York City, with its vibrant streetlife and iconic landmarks. The movie's soundtrack, composed by the late-great Howard Shore, adds an extra layer of excitement to the movie, with its catchy tunes and uplifting melodies.
In conclusion, Big is a timeless classic that has transcended generations and remains a staple of family-friendly entertainment. The film's playful sense of humor and heartfelt performances make it a must-see for movie fans of all ages.
Big is a 1988 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 73.