Forrest Gump – Film Review

My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates.

Forrest Gump is a movie I remember my parents watching when I was a kid, and them telling me that I should watch it someday. When I was a kid, I remember not caring about the movie, thinking it was boring because there was no superheroes in it. Yesterday night was my first authentic viewing experience of this movie for me.

After watching this movie, I was blown away completely with this film. Everything about it is truly phenomenal, especially Tom Hanks’ performance as the titular Forrest Gump. The director (Robert Zemeckis) attempts to make you care about Forrest throughout the movie, and I cared a ton. There wasn’t a single scene in which I didn’t care about Forrest because his character actually felt like a person, and not an actor.

Something this movie does so brilliantly is making you feel like you are a part of Forrest Gump’s life and world. Whenever Forrest is explaining how much he misses his crush Jenny, you feel sorry for him, and when he tells his other stories, you get so invested in them, because they feel like they actually happened.

Jenny plays a big part of the movie, and to Forrest. Forrest has known Jenny ever since he was a little kid, and the more he gets to know her, the more he thinks he truly loves her. Throughout the movie, there are a few scenes in which he explains to Jenny that he loves her, and at one point even asks her to marry him. Mostly every time Forrest expresses his love for Jenny, she rejects him, and you truly do feel sympathy for Forrest.

Speaking of which, this movie is incredibly emotional. I almost cried three times during the duration of this movie, which is something rare for me to do. I almost never cry at movies, but this movie almost got me. Certain things happen like his best friend dying, and other instances that happen in Forrest’s life and they all make you feel sad too, because you do care about Forrest and the people around him.

Forrest Gump is not just an amazing Tom Hanks movie, but it truly is a masterpiece of 1994. It contains wonderful writing and an emotional story.

My Rating: A+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence

Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Hanna R. Hall

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Running Time: 142 minutes


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