3 June 2018; “Big” (1988) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From Golden Globe nominee Penny Marshall, the director of “Awakenings” (1990), comes this charming fantasy comedy…

Young Josh Baskin: “I wish I were big.”

“Big” released on this day June 3rd 1988, making the film 30 years old as of today.The plot follows pre-teen Josh Baskin who wishes he was “big”, and finds out the next morning that he has been transformed into a 30-year-old man (Oscar winner Tom Hanks), and soon sees what life has to offer as an adult, both good and bad aspects.

Fun fact; the film was nominated for 2 Oscars, one for Best Actor in a Leading Role – Tom Hanks (unsurprisingly), and for Best Original Screenplay – Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg. Also, Hanks prepared his role by observing the mannerisms and speech of actor David Moscow.

The film was such a success, that it earned a place in the following lists by the AFI (American Film Institute), #42 in the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list, and #10 in the AFI’s 10 Top 10: Fantasy list.

Some of the film’s highlights includes the simplistic but enjoyable story, the overused yet entertaining messages about wish fulfillment, heartfelt performances, enchanting moments (such as the walking piano sequence), and humor.

If you are looking for a delightful 80s fantasy and/or comedy, then this is for you, or for anyone who know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Recommended to fans of the fantasy and/or comedy genre, 80s films, and the mentioned lead actor.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by InSync Plus.
Poster artwork: Unknown.