Jack Garner's Plan B: 'Big'

05:00 AM, Dec 19, 2013


As an alternative, critic Jack Garner recommends:

BIG. I can tell you the exact moment I knew Tom Hanks was going to be a very big actor. It’s in this film, when Josh the boy gets his wish and has become a man (but with the mind and emotions of a little boy). He must spend the night alone in a less-than-stellar Times Square hotel, and is scared to death. It was so moving to see him curled up in a fetal position, softly crying. Still, Big is a joyously funny film, the start of Tom Hanks’ ride to the top, with several other memorable — and more upbeat — moments. Director Penny Marshall directs with energy and wit, and Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia are fine in support. This good-looking Blu-ray edition includes several informative backgrounders, including an extended cut. It’s hard to believe this release celebrates the film’s 25th anniversary. The Hanks and Loggia dance on the giant keyboard at FAO Schwarz seems as fresh as ever.

Cast: Hanks, Perkins, Loggia, and Jared Rushton.

Director: Penny Marshall.

Jack’s rating: 10.

New on DVD this week:
One Direction: This Is Us, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Lone Ranger, Elysium, The Sound Of Music (2013 version), Prisoners, Family, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Blu-ray).

Next Week:
Jurassic Park (Blu-ray),
Insidious: Chapter 2,
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Berlin File, Predator (Blu-ray), Rockpile: Live at Rockpalast,
Zucker Zucker.