Big (1988) Review

I see this film a lot, it is definitely one of my all-time favourite films. Big shows how fun Tom Hanks can be as an actor, the producer chose the best actor for the job. Tom in his pre-90s career was a prodigy in the eyes of america, and is one actor you would love to see now as a comedy actor, but as he has grown older, he has chosen to go for more biographical movies like: Sully and Captain Phillips.

Big was a film, that was enjoyed a lot during the late 80s and the early 90s and I think that fun for big has not really struck anyone in New Zealand except for me. A cast with John Heard (Home Alone 1, Home Alone 2), Robert Loggia (Independence Day, Scarface) and of course Elizabeth Perkins (Finding Nemo, Hop).


Twelve-year-old Josh Baskin, who lives with his parents and infant sister in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, is told he is too short for a carnival ride called the Ring of Fire, while attempting to impress Cynthia Benson, an older girl. He puts a coin into an unusual antique arcade fortune teller machine called Zoltar Speaks, and makes a wish to be “big”. It dispenses a card stating “Your wish is granted”, but Josh is spooked to see it was unplugged the entire time. The next morning waking up to be a 12 year old boy trapped in a 30 year old’s, Josh decides to get a job, find a love interest and move on with his life, until he wishes to return to his old life.