Now on Blu-ray, “Big: 25th Anniversary Edition” (1988, Fox, PG, $19) is so effortlessly wonderful, it practically floats on comic helium.
You know the plot: A 12-year old longs to be an adult and wakes up the next morning as Tom Hanks. Soon he’s working for a Manhattan toy company and attracting the attentions of a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Perkins).
A key member of the creative team was Wilkes-Barre native Santo Loquasto, best known as a longtime collaborator of Woody Allen’s. The King’s College-educated Loquasto, who works primarily on Broadway, has toiled on only a few non-Allen-directed films.
Loquasto was responsible for designing and decorating all the spaces the characters inhabit. In collaboration with the movie’s helmer Penny Marshall, he mapped out the centerpiece sequence in which Hanks and toy-company boss Robert Loggia meet in a mammoth toy store and pick out a tune on a giant walking piano.
Loquasto also designed the loft Hanks lives in, complete with the famous trampoline. In many ways, it’s the trampoline that persuades Perkins to fall for Hanks.
Loggia and Perkins are wonderful in the movie, but “Big” is Hanks’ show. The actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination for his effervescent performance, never strikes a false note. “Big” plays to the kid in all of us.