Welcome To The Review!
Welcome back to another review from LL! Apologies from there being no review last week, I had, and am still, having technical difficulties, when it comes to watching the latest films. So, for this week, I am going to review one of many must-see films, in the business, and one that I have and will always enjoy. Forrest Gump! I’m not going to warn you about spoilers, purely because it has been out for so long, so if you haven’t seen it then you have been living under a rock, my friend.
Without further ado, let’s begin.
One Man, No Limits
Tom Hanks stars as the not-so-intelligent man Forrest Gump, that tells the story of his tremendous life, whilst sat waiting for a bus. We get to experience his entire life, what he had witnessed, what he suffered and what steps he had made to become part of society, all the time while not fully understanding the situation. He joins the army, and is rewarded with the congressional medal of honour; he becomes an international ping pong player; he enters the shrimping business, as well as investing in Apple (which at the time was not the company you see it is today), and finally after all the back logging of his story, we witness him have a family.
Now, why am I discussing this film (considering it has been watched by millions)? Well, I thought it would be best for you to see why I see it as the best. First off, the actual plot. There are quite a few points throughout this film which does seem farfetched, such as him meeting Elvis, and supposedly showing him the famous leg movements, in which Elvis became associated with. As well as this, meeting multiple celebrities, including the president, is hard to make realistic. But Gump’s aspiration and unknown motivation is what gave him these opportunities.
Quotes And Messages GALORE
What do I mean by this title? Simply put, there are countless and I mean COUNTLESS messages, themes and quotes placed in this film that are targeted to the audience. The most famous one is “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Cliche, but so effective, for Gump’s character to understand. No matter what happens, the unexpected will happen, whether it was good or bad, you never know what you will get. But the quote that stuck with me the most was when Bubba dies. “If I’d a known that was the last time I was gonna talk to Bubba, I would have thought of something better to say.” To me this says, don’t hold back what you want to say, otherwise you won’t be able to.
Here is another one for you that worked out quite well for Gump. When he went on his 3 year run, the public in the film don’t understand why, and are constantly asking him about it, in which he responds with “I just feel like running.” But here’s something that makes sense, running away or absconding can be known to happen with autistic people. This means the film could be suggesting that he is running away from his troubles with Jenny, in which she left him, and that he didn’t know what to do. As well as this, the actual running scene was inspired by a real life event in 1982. That’s why I enjoy this film, due to a somewhat accurate narrative, based on multiple true events that are bent around Gump.
Okay, one last message that really stuck with me, was not from Forrest but from Lieutenant Dan. When the shrimping partners began gaining success, Dan seemed to be at peace. His quote, ” I never thanked you for saving my life” really touched me, due to the fact that an army man who was built to kill, because of his family’s past, realises that he is meant for more than just killing. He had a purpose, even when losing his legs and having “lost his life”, he realised there was something more to life than what he thought, and Forrest showed that to him.
Is And Always Will Be The Best?
Ahhh, now here is the part that matters most. Will it continue to be one of the greats 10, 25, 50 years down the line? In my opinion yes, due to the story’s forever relevant arc, following an amazing life in which a normal man (well nearly normal) can live. It shows that nothing can hold you back truly (as cliche as it is). Live life while you can, is what Forrest saw it as. His journey never stopped, he went down multiple paths, in which he took a risk, but continued to do so. Whether in the army, risking his life or as a shrimp man, risking his money, he took it.
In ways, people saw this film as “The American Dream”, in Forrest, as he had everything pretty much go his way. Don’t get me wrong I partly agree with them, but at the same time he was never handed anything to him. He took his opportunity as it was and got a lucky chocolate every time. Well.. nearly every time.
This will always be one of the greats and for good reason. An amazing performance from Tom Hanks playing the role of the curious, unintelligent Forrest Gump, followed by a handful of great side characters, such as Gary Sinise, Sally Field and Robin Wright, to assist in his seeming ongoing plot. It’s always meant a lot to me, because of the messages that really push us forward, and make us understand that there is something more to life.
Well that wraps up this review, does Forrest Gump go down as a greats in your books or not? Leave your thoughts below whether they be critical or not.