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Big (1988)

May 15, 2009

VERDICT:
8/10
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Angels & Demons comes out today, and since it costs a gold doubloon for a movie ticket in NYC, and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a piece of crap, and I still haven’t read the book, I think I’m gonna skip it. So what better time than now to take a look back at a Tom Hanks classic that won’t offend your religious beliefs.

Big is about a boy who stumbles upon a fortune-telling machine at a carnival that grants his wish to be…wait for it…big!

The story’s been done a million times but Big is the only movie that does it right. I haven’t seen 17 Again, but I don’t think I’m jumping the gun here. The only exception that even comes close to matching Big is the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday. You heard me right, Freaky Friday. Check it out. Jamie Lee Curtis kicks ass in it.

It doesn’t hurt either that Big is backed up by great writing and some classic one-liners, but Tom Hanks playing the most believable 12-year-old-in-a-grown-man’s-body of all time is what sets this movie apart from the rest. The writers absolutely nail what a kid would do if he ran away from home and shacked up in New York City and Hanks has a blast acting it all out.

It’s hard to describe why you’ll like Big so much without really sitting down and watching it for yourself. Like all these kinds of movies, it’s about growing up, but there’s a lot of real heart in this movie that hits home on a lot of simple, innocent emotions that get put on the back burner somewhere around the time your parents sat you down for the “birds and the bees” talk.

This is one of the more under appreciated movies of all time and it’s one of the best reminders of how freaking great it was to be a kid. It’s a movie that you should watch every couple of years, not just because it’s one of those movies you could watch again and again, but as a healthy reminder to not take yourself too seriously.

Big is simply two hours of pure fun that only gets better as you get older. There’s too much drama that comes with being an adult and it can be easy to forget how awesome it would be to play “Chopsticks” with your feet on a life-size piano. Know what I mean?

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  1. July 22, 2011 11:44 am

    First of all, can I just tell you that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! I stumbled upon it while reading the blog about a quest for the ultimate blog theme, and yours was cited as one of the best examples of a blog.

    Had to blog about TV shows for a Mass Media class and it was hard work. I plan to stick with it just for fun because I ended up enjoying it, but the way you write is the way I aspire to write about movies and TV shows.

    Now, on to Big. This is one of my all time favorite movies. Tom Hanks is one of my all time favorite actors. I will watch anything he’s in without having to know who else is in the movie or what the story is about (I feel that way about many, many actors and actresses, though). You are dead on with all your points about what makes this movie great. I am always curious about who passed on movie roles before the actors/actresses who make them iconic signed on (including any other background trivia I can get my hands on that relates to movies, TV shows and the people connected to them), but there is no one else on Earth who could have played this role. I watch this movie every time it comes on.

    Freaky Friday: another one of my favorites. I saw the Jodie Foster version first so I will always prefer that version, but Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis were great, too!

    Read Angels & Demons; it’s an excellent book. Extremely well written. I read it during the Da Vinci code hysteria because that book was in hard cover for eons, and consider it much, much better than the Da Vinci code (book or movie). I have yet to see the movie; have to move it up on my NetFlix list. Hopefully, it won’t be a piece of crap. I was very disappointed with the Da Vinci code movie.

    Still trying to figure out the exchange rate between a gold doubloon and the current US dollar.

    • July 22, 2011 12:06 pm

      Wow. What a comment!

      For starters, thanks a ton! I give most of the credit to my pal Ben Bishop (http://www.bishart.net) who designed the banner, he is beyond talented. Had no idea this was being used as an example of sorts for other blogs though. You know where I could find that “ultimate theme” blog? Crazy.

      And as for Big, it truly is one of the most criminally under-appreciate movies ever made. Tom Hanks is a god, he can do no wrong, and if I only had to pick one of his movies, it would be a fight to the death between this and Catch Me if You Can.

      And while I’ve never seen the original Freaky Friday, I LOVE the remake. Jamie Lee Curtis is effing unreal in that, and it’s nice to see LiLo before she went batshit.

      Still haven’t seen or read The DaVinci Code, might just pick it up one of these Summers though. Also heard disappointing things about the movie.

      I am of no help when it comes to exchange rates, especially for pirate money.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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