Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Time: 142 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise


A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events – in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. ‘Forrest Gump’ is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.


  • “Forrest Gump” is pretty much everything that was great about 90s cinema and more. It’s incredibly long, but it isn’t boring for a second. The dialogues are all things at once, one moment they’re fast-paced and hilarious and two seconds later they’re slow and horrendously saddening. The way the plot develops is truly beautiful, because Forrest Gump is one of the greatest underdogs I’ve ever seen in a movie. You can’t help but feel happy whenever he accidentally writes world history, or just when he misunderstands things yet again and shows his butt to the president. Everything just feels right in this movie, the script doesn’t have a word too few or too many. If you haven’t noticed, to me this is one of the best movies ever made.

  • Say what you want about the lack of originality of “Forrest Gump” (“Zelig” direct by Woody Allen; “Being There” performed by Peter Sellers; plus this film is based on a self-titled book), this movie has a own identity (thanks to Robert Zemeckis, and his visual innovations and endearing stories). All the characters are constructed according to the context: Jenny is the girl of the counterculture of the 60s, Lt. Dan is a disillusioned hero that acquires a wild cynicism characteristic of 70s (a decade marked by the discouragement of a decadent country), Bubba is like Forrest but black, that perishes victim of a poor government (which said the war was a “mistake” when it was too late), and waiting for American Dream (The company of shrimp). Forrest, a baby boomer, deserves a separate paragraph

    His mental problems (below average intelligence, asperger) have no real purpose in the film, but fits consistency, since only a curious like Forrest leads him to enlist as a soldier, specialize in Ping- Pong or become a billionaire. Not unlike a high ideal of the perfect American man: the person of noble heart and entrepreneurial courage (this assumption is demonstrated patently in the great, epic marathon). Of course, this is a typical ideal of 60’s, Doris Day times: no matter the president which he narrowed his hand (corrupt president or not), he always emerges unscathed from the facts, and youthful

    All the characters are charismatic, we are interested in their fate and memorize their lines. Then, the movie begins to works as a strange, multi-feelings party about the last half of the twentieth century. With ambitions as serious as a textbook, it’s not a full history book but goes a long way, culminating with slight references about AIDS. This isn’t a perfect film: Forrest’s relationship with Jenny. Clearly the girl never loved him as it should, so the revelation of the son sounds like a script device so Forrest has someone to love him, and Forrest decides to do something with the rest of his life.

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