Top 365 Films – #110 – Forrest Gump (1994)


Top 365 Films - Forrest GumpDIRECTED BY: Robert Zemeckis

STARRING: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Haley Joel Osment, Peter Dobson, Sam Anderson, Geoffrey Blake, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sonny Shroyer, Grand L. Bush, Michael Jace, Conor Kennelly and Teddy Lane Jr.

BUDGET: $55m

EARNED (Worldwide): $677.9m

AWARDS: 6 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects), 3 Golden Globes (Best Director, Best Actor and Best Picture Drama) and 1 BAFTA (Best Special Effects)

 

SYNOPSIS

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

 

Forrest Gump is a man with below-average intelligence whom we follow his life story unfold from childhood to adulthood, which more often than not has one connecting dot for Forrest….his best friend and love Jenny Curran. We follow his journey which takes him through college football to joining the army and serving in Vietnam to creating a famous shrimp fishing fleet.

 

There’s some films that you really enjoyed back in the day that are then disregarded later in life. Unbeknownst to me Forrest Gump over the last couple of years appears to be one such film getting that treatment (For some it’s still due to beating a few films for Best Picture at the Oscars) but I still really enjoy this Zemeckis film essentially for how Tom Hanks still manages to keep me invested with the story. Hanks plays it straight with almost an innocent childlike mannerism in how Forrest interacts with those around him and literally sees everything at face value and has a shocking amount of good luck in meeting certain famous figures from Elvis Presley to JFK to even becoming a millionaire stockholder as he gets shares in a new ‘fruit company’ (aka Apple Computer) and the screenplay plays it as an ongoing gag. As Forrest goes through his journey showing us one side of American history and happening to be a shining light that ended up having a positive impact on certain peoples lives, in particular Lieutenant Dan Taylor played brilliantly by Gary Sinise here, while his counterpart Jenny played by Robin Wright shows us the other side of American history of psychedelics, flower power, antiwar rallies and drugs. Wright gives a strong performance as Jenny, it’s just at this point in time now it is easy to hate on the character in general and how she treats Forrest throughout the course of their lifetime. The use of television clips and dubbing kind of feel dated now though the CGI affect of adding Hanks to these clips still hold up. Forrest Gump pretty much is a marmite film as it plays the sentimental card hard on its sleeve on a tale of destiny and overcoming what society tells you what you can’t do. Weird how that particular scene of Forrest’s mother, played excellently by Sally Field, done everything in her will to make sure that Forrest was treated as an equal especially to avoid going to a special school….always completely oblivious to such things as a kid.

 

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Forrest finds out that he’s a father. The way he reacts and wonders if his son is smart or like him, Hanks is terrific in this scene.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I’m here to try out my sea legs.

Forrest Gump: But you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.’

DID YOU KNOW?: Tom Hanks wasn’t paid for the film. Instead he took percentage points which ultimately netted him in the region of $40 million.

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