Forrest Gump Reviews
"The story of a lifetime."
Forrest Gump is a beautiful film and definitely is the film that Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks are most known for. It's one of those rare movies that everyone has seen and just about everyone loves. It's a classic and it's not hard to see why. The movie takes on the simpleness of it's title character, Forrest Gump. It's not flashy, it's simple, and the simpleness is beautiful.
Forrest Gump is an unintelligent, but interesting man. He was born in Alabama where he grows up with his friend, Jenny, and his mother. Forrest sits on a bus stop bench, telling strangers his life story. How he played football at the University of Alabama, how he went to Vietnam, how he met presidents, and how he has always loved his friend Jenny. Forrest's journey puts him at many important events during the sixties and seventies, and the movie surrounds the story of Forrest with civil rights issues, the hippy generation, and just about all the other major news of those decades. It does so in a very good way too, allowing the audience to see it as Forrest does.
How can you watch a movie so brazen with soul and warmth and not just love it. It's a comedy and a drama. It's funny, sad, and inspiring. It's one of those films you can watch a million times over and still get that same feeling you had the first time you watched it. It just is everything you want in a movie.
Tom Hanks is brilliant and Zemeckis' direction is incredible. It isn't just a story of a man, but of the generation he was apart of. The brilliance of how these two different elements are put together is what makes Forrest Gump the lovable and great movie it is. If you're one of the few people who haven't seen Forrest Gump, all I can say is, watch it.
It revolves around the eventful and remarkable life of a mentally, and for some time physically challenged man, who looks at the world through very unique and innocent eyes, as he becomes part of some of the key events that shaped America as a nation. Famous historical figures like Elvis, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and John Lennon, are just some of the people that he encounters on his grand and amazing journey.
Director Robert Zemeckis is a magician behind the camera, delivering world-class visual story-telling that truly captures the heart and mind in really spell-binding ways. So much love and passion have gone into its making, and it's one of those rare cinematic miracles, where all parties involved have dedicated themselves fully to create the best experience possible.
Ascended by a beautifully orchestrated music score (together with some great classics from the eras it portrays), it hits all the right notes at all the right moments. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll maybe even feel inspired. For there's nothing in this tour-de-force of a film that isn't absolutely stirring.
It's been almost 20 years since its release now, yet the special effects still hold and look as fantastic as ever. They way they've integrated Forrest into real historical footage, is incredibly well-done and nearly seamless in its crafting. Some things even look more convincing than the wizardry of modern features.
However visually compelling it may be though, it's in the acting where it truly dazzles. Tom Hanks' sensational, award-winning performance, is definitely one of the best, if not the greatest of feat his entire career. I would say it stands between this and his heart-gripping turn as an AIDS victim in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia.
You certainly can't complain about the supporting cast either. Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson, evoke tremendous pathos and sympathy, with their exceptionally written and terrifically acted characters. Michael Conner Humphreys is really wonderful as well, as Forrest in his younger years.
Cynics may have issues with how far-fetched the story is, but I don't think it matters much in the larger perspective. I'm more than willing to suspend all disbelief, for such a majestically conceived and viscerally powerful piece of drama. And I'm sure that goes for a lot of us.
A movie about love, loss, war and human behavior. About discovering your inner potential and overcoming your limitations, even when everything seems against you and abscent of hope. For within Forrest Gump dwells a ray of pure inspiration, with the message that life is what you make of it. We may not all come to shake hands with the President or amount to champions in ping-pong, but we all possess the power to make the best of what we have. Timeless, magical, moving and uplifting, this movie is a celebration of all that and more!
Most interesting when Gump's seemingly handicapped perspective is suddenly turned into an advantage as our history's mistakes are ridiculed by his particular common sense.
It's true, ignorance is bliss; and it's humanity's inability to be Forest that's the real tragedy of the film. Although I do find it alarming that stupidity is so strongly reinforced with innocence... what's up with that?
The story ponders several decades of life in the existence of Forrest Gump. Now, you should know that Forrest is not really mentally retarded, but he does have and IQ of 75, so he has complications. He can't walk, because it hurts, but it doesn't hurt when he runs. He's a good runner, and later, he plays football for college. In the movie, he is in love with his best friend Jenny, the first person to look past what was wrong with him and see what was really inside him. Since the moment he sees her, he loves her. This was when he was about 12. She was the person to start the phenomenon 'Run Forrest, Run'
After his childhood, we see his early adulthood, played by the typically charming Tom Hanks. He goes to war, because 'there really was nothing else to do' he says. He makes a friend who convinces him to become a shrimper with him. He dies, but Forrest is determined to keep his promise. Still, he constantly thinks about Jenny. After war, he has a medal of honor, and his famous. His platoon sergeant is quite bitter, because he lost his legs.
Forrest and Dan (the sergeant) head off to become shrimpers. They buy a boat, and head in the wrong direction. This is fortunate because all the other shrimp boats crashed in a storm that was the right direction, so they were the only boat left. They made a lot of money, which Dan invested in Apple. Forrest was rich. Rich beyond his imagination. He gives some of the money to his friend Bubba's mom. (his fellow solider)Still, he is thinking about Jenny.
He goes to visit her, and learns she is in a lot of trouble. She became a hippie with her boyfriend, and he abuses her; Forrest sees him slap her and knocks him into a table; he then convinces her to leave. Forrest goes back home, but Jenny is still in trouble. She starts to do drugs, excessive alcohol, and she almost commits suicide.
Forrest is meeting a lot of famous people, evoking pop culture. This is a theme of the movie; how Forrest's accidental brilliance inspires things. For example, he made the yellow smiley face, showed Elvis Presley the 'pelvis dance' and inspired John Lennon to write 'Imagine' just to name a few.
This is when Jenny comes to stay with Forrest. He doesn't ask why, just happy to have her back. If you asked me what I thought here, I would've told you he was a sucker. But, he felt that there were 'as close as peas and carrots again'.
Finally, Forrest works up the nerve to ask her to marry him. She tells him that he doesn't know what love is. He tells her: "I'm not a smart man, but I do indeed know love". Jenny "apologizes" that night, then leaves the next day.
Forrest then runs. He just runs. For three years straight, he runs, only stopping to sleep and use the bathroom. He runs for no reason, accept to make himself feel better. The world doesn't know why. World peace? End hunger? Woman's Rights? Soon, a whole legion of people start running with him. Then, he stops. He runs back, saying simply "I'm tired" as and explanation.
Jenny invites him to her house, and this is where the narration ends; we now know as much as Forrest. It turns out that Forrest has a son, so you must know how that "apology" earlier went. Jenny comes back to live with him, finally agreeing to marry him. This is not the end of movie, not by a lot, but I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone.
Forrest Gump was an uplifting, inspiring, and ultimately touching movie. The performances provided by Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise and especially Tom Hanks were superb. I'd like to highlight Hanks' performance for a moment; it was charming, realistic, and one of the best I've ever seen! By just reading the story, It's exactly how I imagined Forrest to act like. I also felt unlike some other movies, there were no parts that seemed to drag, or you wanted to end. There wasn't a single time I felt bored. Also, Forrest's childlike perspective of the world was both fascinating and delightful. The whole movie was fascinating and delightful. The script, direction, and special effects to make the celebrities in the movie look like the real ones was all master-class. All in all life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get. Same goes for Forrest Gump. 94%