Forrest Gump

Year: 1994
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
Written By: Winston Groom (novel) Eric Roth (screenplay)

RYAN’S REVIEW

I was ten years old when this movie came out and I remember so much about it.  I remember watching it in the theater.  I remember watching specials on TV about it, how they inserted Tom Hanks into footage of JFK specifically.  Overall I remember how big of a deal the movie was when it came out, and I have probably watched it one hundred times between then and now over the years. I think this is a great movie and I have always loved it but to be perfectly honest I’m just not feeling it right now.  For whatever reason this movie feels totally worn out to me at the moment and I don’t have much to say about it.  Frankly, we have been writing the hell out of some reviews lately and maybe I’m just a bit exhausted with it.

This was the greatest role Tom Hanks ever had.  He was already a celebrity but this took him to the next level of super stardom.  I have heard that despite what most people think of him that Tom Hanks is actually a really big asshole.  I heard once that he really hated this movie specifically, because ten years later he was still being sent random boxes of chocolate. I hope none of this is true though because I do really like Tom Hanks.  He hasn’t had a really big hit in nearly ten years though and I don’t expect much more from him in the future. Nevertheless Hanks made many memorable films and above all of them is this movie and this performance as the one and only Forrest Gump. I have always been a big fan of Gary Sinise as well but his star has faded also. He saw a spike in his workload after this movie but that passed in time. I think he ended up on one of the CSI shows, but I haven’t seen him in that or anything else for that matter, for a long time. I think Sally Field was great in this movie and I have never been a big fan of Robin Wright, but she is good in this movie too. This was probably the biggest role Mykelti Williamson has had in his career and he was great at it. I do specifically want to mention how much of a badass he was in season 3 of Justified, his character was great. Also worth noting is an early role by Haley Joel Osment as Forrest’s long lost son.  Osment faded away once he hit puberty but he was an incredibly gifted child actor.

This movie has a really great soundtrack and tells a fantastic story that everybody loves.  This movie is remembered fondly all around and for good reason. It won many awards and again, for good reason.  It is a great movie and you don’t need me to tell you that because you most likely already know that for yourself. This movie was based off a book that had a sequel and for years there was talk of that book being made into a movie, but I really doubt that will ever happen now.  I have not read the book but from what I understand it begins with Forrest explaining that you should never let anybody make a movie about you. So I assume the movie doesn’t follow the book accurately. Also in that book he fights in the Persian Gulf War and plays football for the New Orleans Saints.  I don’t know about this accurately because I haven’t read the book myself but it seems stupid to me.  Nobody that fought in both The Vietnam War and The Persian Gulf War could play football in the NFL for any team.  Forrest’s story in the movie and presumably first book goes on through the early mid 80s and he would be much too old to actually play professional football.

Look at this, for crying out loud.  Even when I intend to keep something short I go on forever but I really thought I had nothing to talk about when I started.  This is a great movie and if you haven’t seen it you need to make a point to do so.  That pretty much sums it up and I’m going to wrap this up before I go off on some other tangent.

UPDATE

Something has been bothering me about this review and I just now realized what it is.  There is a big question about this movie that I didn’t even bring up.  Did little Forrest have AIDS? I heard this question brought up on my favorite morning radio show Two Guys Named Chris on Rock 92.  The disease that Jenny dies from is obviously AIDS and she presumably had it when she showed up at Forrest’s house and conceived little Forrest.  Obviously Forrest didn’t have it but I thought the crew on Two Guys Named Chris brought up an interesting question.  In lieu of rewriting this entire post and including topics like this I’m simply going to put the question to anybody that reads this post.  Do you think Little Forrest had AIDS? Have you read the book and is this covered? I would be interested in your thoughts on the topic if you would leave us a comment about it.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This movie is on my list of all-time favorite movies. I was 9 or 10 when this movie came out. My mom usually let my brother and me watch about anything we wanted to watch, which was different from Dad’s house where we didn’t usually get to watch movies. My brother and I watched it with Mom for the first time and for some reason I loved the movie even then. Growing up with this movie has been really cool. There is a lot to the story line and for a 10 year old, it is sort of a brief history of the past few decades through the eyes of this guy, Forrest. He tells his story and you fall in love with the characters and the story that is his life.

Watching this movie as a 10 year old, I had no clue about some of the things that were happening. The more I watched it as I grew up, the more I started to understand. Some of the historical scenes didn’t resonate with me until later while I was in middle and high school and started to learn our country’s history. The scene with Forrest and Jenny in her dorm room is another example of how young I was. I didn’t have a clue what had happened when he said “I think I ruined your roommate’s bathrobe.” After watching it later in life, I understood a whole new part of the movie. It’s fun when movies from your past do that.

This movie is so quotable that I couldn’t resist ending it with my favorite Forrest Gump quotes.

“Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here.” -Jenny

“Goddamn it, Gump! You’re a goddamn genius! This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160. You are goddamn gifted, Private Gump. Listen up, people…” -Drill Sergeant

“…Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.” -Forrest

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: “Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?”
Forrest Gump: “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.”

“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.” -Bubba

NEXT MOVIE: Friday (1995)

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