The first time I saw the Penny Marshall film Big was in Los Angeles as part of a double feature. The other flick on the bill: Everybody’s All-American.
Needless to say, I appreciated the former movie a lot more after I saw both in one day.
Recently, I watched Big again, and I have to say it has aged well. It’s still charming, with wonderful dialogue, sharp cinematography and terrific performances – notably by Tom Hanks as the child who magically grows up overnight. Marshall has a light touch with the direction, and it never becomes plodding.
Why can’t more comedies today be like this? Big never seems to take the easy way out, and it wraps up everything nicely, even credibly, despite the fantastic aspect of the whole thing. It’s low-key, but I think it’s one of the best things Hanks has done.
It’s always the ones that fly under the radar, right?
2 thoughts on “Skip’s Quips: Why ‘Big’ Really Grows on You”
i always loved BIg, and I think it’s much better than the update “13 going on 30” Magic dust indeed.
The performances of the kids are especially good.
I like Big a lot, too. The performances are on point, definitely.