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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Film That Brings Out The Child In Everyone, 11 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Big [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
A wonderful mix of humour and sensitivity. Tom Hanks is undeniably great as the 12 year old in an adult body, with little peculiarities that you would expect a 12 year old to have in the adult world. The way he is oblivious to certain subtleties in how we interact like flirting. Although the progression of the story is not all that believable it is, of course, not supposed to be taken seriously under those terms. All of this film makes for good humour, and in some ways fulfils our childish desires, like running round the toy store playing with the laser guns, having a trampoline in our apartment.
It also of course tackles bigger issues and also questions certain concepts, like marketing. Does it really work with children, of course our man Josh has all these great ideas (he is a child) and he challenges all the ideas of the Right Hand Man McMillan, who represents the competitive, arrogant businessman who appears never to have had a childhood and understands nothing but what the figures and statistics say. In all of this Big Bad World Josh still manages to woo the woman with his childish charm and his reactions to sex, before and after, are the clichéd reactions of a child.
But the underlying story while he is having all this fun is his longing to return home, and despite a child's wishes he still cares about his mother who is desperately seeking the return of her son, believing him kidnapped by the adult Josh. The whole film is a build up to make us fall deep into Josh's world appealing to our child inside, and then suddenly he has to make the choice between his love and his family (his real life). Hanks' performance is touching, and an early indication of his strength in a lead role. A superb film and one I'll never forget from my childhood.
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