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Posted on 9/14/12 12:52 PM
The plot device of dropping the protagonist into various monumental moments in history has since become rather overused by lazy screenwriters, but it worked sufficiently well at the time Forrest Gump came out, and the story was good enough if a touch melodramatic. Despite the silly voice Hanks uses in creating a developmentally challenged Louisianan he still kills the role, and Lieutenant Dan will probably go down as the role Senise is best remembered for. It shouldn't have won best picture but it certainly entertains and elicits a few tears at different stages along the way.
Ultimately the audience does need to remember that this is a fairy tale, it's magical realism on screen, pure fantasy. In reality the developmentally challenged kid dies in Vietnam or spends his life mowing the lawn for the local high-school, but here, suspending belief, it makes for a enjoyable yarn, with a character in Gump you can't help but like, with an American backdrop that is beautiful and engaging.