In this moving classical, we are introduced to a child named Forrest Gump. Throughout the entire movie we watch Forrest Gump grow, fall in love, struggle with life, and in the first 15 minutes of the movie, most of us are probably already in love with Forrest Gump’s character. Forrest Gump is a 1994 epic comedy-drama romance film.
Basically, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is sitting at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia telling his life story to anyone who will listen. Forrest tells the strangers about the braces he had to wear around his legs when he was a child, and his childhood experiences with them. He goes on and talks about a dance move he taught Elvis Presley, and how it was shown on TV. Forrest also talks about Jenny Curran (Robin Wright), the love of his life and how he was in love with her since they were young kids. Despite his low intelligent quotient, Forrest’s ability to run got him places, as far as his education, and early career.
As Forrest Gump keeps telling his story, we learn that throughout his life, he has had many opportunities, and that he has accomplished a lot of things. From meeting the president, joining the army, and running coast to coast across the country.
Towards the end of the movie, Forrest reveals that he is at the bus stop that because he got a message from Jenny that she was ill and he was going to visit her. Forrest finds out that him and Jenny have a son, also named Forrest, and they move back to their hometown together and get married. Jenny later on dies from the disease that was slowly killing her, and Forrest Gump raises their son. He visits Jenny’s grave and tells her about their son, and how he has grown.
One of my personal favourite parts of the movie, is after he visits the grave, Forrest looks up to the sky to see a flock of birds flying away. There is a scene earlier in the movie when they where children and Jenny says she wishes God could turn her into a bird so she could “fly far, far away.”
This film makes great use cinematography. The technique of still photography in this movie makes it that much better. For instance, the tree where Jenny and Forrest used to play and spend most of their time is portrayed as though it is a symbol of their love and childhood. The still photos that could be created out of the shots of that tree are phenomenal. Also, in the last scene where Forrest sits at the same spot his mother used to sit while she waited for the school bus, he was not sitting there watching his son’s school bus drive off as he stars at a falling feather. As simple as this scene is, the cinematography makes it to be so much more. It creates such depth, and meaning to a simple floating feather.
Forrest Gump is a classic, and most definitely a must-have DVD in anyone’s movie collection.