Love him or hate him, Tom Hanks has single-handedly proven to be one of the finest comic-dramatic actors of his generation, proving that he was more than just “another SNL fuck” and everything started here in Penny Marshall’s modern classic Big.Simple story, 12 year old boy Josh Baskin (David Moscow/Hanks) wishes to be big, and thanks to a fortune teller machine, he does. So after being forced to flee his house due to his mother thinking he’s some kidnapper of his kid, he goes into the city with his pal Billy (Jared Rushton) to try and find work, which he eventually does at a toy company. There, he impresses so much the Toy Company Chairman “Mac” MacMillan (Robert Loggia) that he rapidly ascends into being a corporate VP, and fall in love with corporate hottie Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), only to realize what he’s missing out in life, his childhood.
This whole premise is also pure formula, and has been done to death a thousand times thanks to films like Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son, and lately Freaky Friday (which actually was a remake of the earlier Jodie Foster flick) and 13 Going on 30. But in contrast to those other films, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest (the rest mostly suck, I for one don’t want to see Vice Versa EVER!!!). Why? Because it’s well made, entertaining, and Tom Hanks just plain and simply kicks ass. He’s completely flawless, likeable, has depth and a certain complexity, and is a fucking riot, with the best example being his duet with Loggia in the floor piano scene.
The screenplay written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (Steven Spielberg’s sister), is very well written, with a very interesting fantastical approach as well as studying the main character and giving revealing to us several truths about the human nature as a child and the importance of the childhood stage in a man’s life.In the end, this flick is just cool. Great message, great entertainment, and a great film altogether, and Tom Hanks in his first great role; ever wonder why Hanks is so popular? Here’s the reason why 4.5-5