“Have you ever had a Really Big Secret?”- Tagline for “Big”(1988) Everyone has a favourite film starring a particular actor. For me, Tom Hanks’ best film is Penny Marshall’s 1988 hit film, “Big”. Although not one of Hank’s first roles, it is the one which he received the most recognition for, receiving both a Oscar and Golden Globe nomination in the process.
The premise of “Big” is straightforward enough- 12 year old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) makes a wish on a fortune teller machine called “Zoltar Speaks” after being told that he’s too short to go on a carnival ride. His wish? To be “big”. Of course, things never run smoothly in these type of situations, and he wakes up the next morning to discover that the machine has taken his request literally- he is now in the body of a 30 year old man (Tom Hanks).
After trying (and failing) to convince his mother of this mishap, Josh seeks the help of his best friend Billy (Jared Rushton), who helps him run away to New York City,where he gets a job in the toy company FAO Schwartz due to his childlike nature and knowledge of toys. Along the way, he has to reassure his mother, who believes that he has been kidnapped, as well as experience a mature relationship with his attractive co-worker Susan (Elizabeth Perkins). But when the opportunity arises to turn back into a child, will Josh take it, or will he choose to remain in his successful adult life?
“Big” was the movie that defined my childhood, mostly because of Hank’s conviction and earnestness in the main role. He was completely convincing to me as a naive youngster trapped in a world that baffles him initially, but seeing him adapt to his new situation always made me root for him to succeed even more. My favourite scene is probably the best known one, where Josh and his new boss, Macmillan (Robert Loggia) perform “Chopsticks” and “Heart and Soul” on a giant walking piano. It became one of my short-lived dreams to play the piano just like in that scene.
In conclusion, I would rate “Big” a total of five out of five stars, and would recommend it to kids aged 8 and up, although there are some references that would fly over their heads. All in all, this is ultimately a movie for the whole family to enjoy.
“Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie,preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, John Hughes did not direct my life”- Olive Penderghast, Easy A
Haven’t we all felt that way at least once in our lives? That things would be complete if it came directly from the screen of an 80’s teen movie? Well, Olive, “Easy A”‘s spunky, sarcastic, yet ultimately lovable heroine states what we’ve all thought about these movies, particularly the ones penned or directed (sometimes both!) by the late, great John Hughes. Despite his passing in 2009, his films were the voices of many a teenager in the 80’s, and are still relevant and to many today. Thanks to contemporary movies such as “Easy A” and “Pitch Perfect”, who namedrop classic movies like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “The Breakfast Club” or “Sixteen Candles”. These inclusions of these titles just add to my enjoyment of both “Easy A” and “Pitch Perfect”.
John Hughes seemed to grant almost every adolescent kid’s wishes with his true to life moments in his movies. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to eat a delicious looking birthday cake with the school hunk after a particularly disastrous birthday? Who hasn’t thought about bonding with a group of fellow misfits from separate cliques during a Saturday detention? Who has dreamed of skipping school and singing “Twist and Shout” on a parade float?
John Hughes paved the way of many inspirations of similarly themed teen films over the last few years, but as usual, nothing beats the original. We won’t forget about you, John Hughes.
So, what do you think? What’s your favourite 80’s movie, and which one do you think I should review next? Please write your replies in the comments, I would love to hear from all of you!
Hello Everyone, and Happy New Year!
What’s a New Year without a new blog, especially one that fills you in on various movies and books that I hold dear to my childhood!
I am a major bookworm and cinephile, so, with the help of WordPress’s Blogging 101 course, I aspire to talk with others regarding young adult novels, movies, and all things 80’s!
So if you love John Hughes movies, or simply love the eighties or books in general, then “The Blog’s the Thing”! offers a little something for everyone!
If you have any suggestions about what I should review, please comment!I look forward to hearing from you!