With this movie, everyone has at least heard or seen it at least once in their lives. “Forrest Gump” is a remarkable drama that tells the tale of American pop culture through a man’s eyes. This in turn, has made the movie become a part of American culture as well. After 20 years, the film is still quite good, but does it hold up? While there are problems with the film, there is no doubt denying that the movie is well-recognized into popular culture; even if one has not seen this movie, it is still recognized for what it is worth. “Forrest Gump” is an entertaining movie that despite the problems, people need to see at least once in their lives.
The story involves a man named Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), sitting on a park bench, waiting for the bus to arrive. As time passes, he tells random strangers his life story. This includes him becoming both a football and ping pong hero, becoming the captain of a shrimp boat, serving in the army, and running across the country. All the while, Forrest falls in love with Jenny (Robin Wright), the girl of his dreams, for whom he is waiting at the bench. And that’s all I have to say about that.
“Forrest Gump” is definitely a good movie to enjoy. The story, based off the book by Winston Groom, is a simple and humble tale about a man who not all that smart, but he sure made an impact. The dialogue is notable for having some quotable lines, and the conversations that are taken place feel like they are straight out of an adult conversation. Robert Zemeckis, who directed the feature, did a great job at handling everything, both on and off the set. The acting is particularly incredible, most notably from Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance; the supporting cast does a fine job as well, and should not be forgotten. Alan Silvestri provides a nice and calming score, while the soundtrack provides some nice rock n roll tunes. Finally, the movie has some great special effects for the time.
However, there are some problems with the film in general. For one thing, while the story is nice, there are a lot of questions being raised while watching the movie that are left unanswered. For example, near the end of the movie, Jenny gets sick, which ultimately leads to her death. Why couldn’t she tell Forrest the truth, instead of leaving the answer ambiguous to the viewer? A minor nitpick is that the film can be a bit overrated because it definitely shown its age, but it’s still a good film. Also, there are a lot of historical inaccuracies which will pull the hairs out of historians who see the movie.
In the end, “Forrest Gump”, while suffering from problems, has maintained a certain cultural status amongst the general public, but it cannot be denied that it is a good movie nonetheless. This is definitely a movie that needs to be seen, even if you have already seen it.