Thursday, October 11, 2007
In 1988 a classic was born and it was titled BIG. It featured a soon to be very well known and respected actor Tom Hanks. There’s absolutely no reason for anyone to have not seen this movie before, and if you haven’t it’s a crying shame and you should see it. I was never bored while watching the movie because of the two elements, which were included: comedy and drama. One of the most dramatic and memorable scenes in the movie is when Josh wishes to be big at a magic teller machine, and the wish actually comes true. It’s also a very unique scene because it plays against the cliché of everyone wanting to go back to his or her childhoods. Also, another dramatic scene is when Josh realizes that it’s not fun being an adult because there’s too much responsibility. When Josh is dancing on the huge piano keyboard in FAO Schwartz in New York City it was by far the funniest scene in the entire movie.
The underlying theme throughout the movie is the idea of growing up to fast. Even though Josh’s wish was granted, it’s ironic how the next morning he is an adult because it’s showing how fast the progression is from youth to adulthood. Also, it’s contrasting the two different worlds; as a child it’s care free and as an adult there’s many responsibilities. However, the movie also proves that we will always have our inner child.
The fashion, the video games, FAO Schwartz, New York City and Tom Hanks are all characteristics of a 1980’s flick. The Nike sneakers Josh is wearing were standard for stylish people in the 1980’s and the leather jacket his friend Billy wears with the patches all over it was typical for punks in that era. Josh had all of the video games that were necessary in the 1980’s, which would be awesome to have. FAO Schwartz is the toy store of toy stores and it was very popular to shop there in the 1980’s. New York City during the decade seems to be the most popular destination for films and it’s due to the high tourism rate to the city as well. This was the era when Tom Hanks began his long, continuing acting career.
You really have to watch this movie, it’s a guaranteed winner.