A ‘Big’ Blu-ray Review

In the 1988 movie Big, Tom Hanks plays a teenage boy who looks like a grown man who uses his new appearance and boyish charm to seduce a much older woman. Is it illegal? The law is fuzzy when magic is involved.

The classic is now available on Blu-ray in a 25th Anniversary Edition, and Fox has gone one step further: the box plays music when you open the front lid (well, the first time. The second time it broke).

Twenty five years later, the movie still holds up extremely well. Sure, there are the bad hairdos and questionable clothing styles, and being all grown up I ask more questions, such as:

  • Why does the mom never to go to the police even though her son has been “kidnapped” for days?
  • How long is he actually missing for, really? I mean, he gets promoted, buys a condo, gets a woman to fall in love with him, etc.
  • Does he get laid, and if so, why doesn’t the woman freak out when she realizes she just had sex with a 12-year-old?

But despite these somewhat troubling plot holes,¬†Big is just as fun and entertaining as I recall. It does what so many 80s movies did so well, blending adult themes with family-friendly premises to provide earnest, [semi] believable entertainment that doesn’t resort to potty humor or childish pranks.

Hanks is terrific, and the performance is a great reminder of why he became such a star – the dude owns any role he takes on. He is especially good in the early scenes where he discovers that he has a man body, though I would imagine if this were to happen in real life, he would have freaked out a bit more than he actually does.

The Blu-ray, which also includes the movie on DVD, includes several features, including:

  • Both the theatrical and extended cuts
  • An audio documentary by the writers
  • Deleted scenes, some with introductions by director Penny Marshall
  • Various making-of featurettes

Big is one of those movies that most people remember but few one; this new Blu-ray release offers the perfect opportunity to add it to your collection. It’s a movie that is worth repeat viewings, and showing to your kids – or at least your pre-teens.

By Erik Samdahl
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