Thoughts: I did not expect to like Forrest Gump very much since in general I do not find dramas very entertaining to watch but I was surprised by how much I like Forrest Gump. It had humor and the Forrest Gump's story was very good. The character Forrest Gump is very likable you really want him to succeed as the story progresses.
Note: You may have seen this on my friend Rebecca at Just me... blog but this review has been updated with more detail than my previous review.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06)
Running Time: 141 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Tom Hanks performance was excellent, A few memorable and hilarious moments, Memorable quotes, The way that the movie uses real historical film and places Forrest Gump in them was amazing, Great use of licensed from the 50s, 60s, and 70s,
The Bad: Some parts of the movie were slow and boring,
Warning: Although Forrest Gump is rated PG-13 there is a good deal of content that is board line PG-13, in my opinion.
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
In 1981, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) sits at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia, telling his life story to strangers nearby. His tale starts about the childhood braces he wore around both of his legs. At Forrest's home, he meets Elvis Presley, who he teaches a dance move to, which Presley later displays at a concert shown on a television. On his first day of school, Forrest meets a girl named Jenny Curran (Robin Wright), with whom he immediately falls in love and whose life is followed parallel to his. Despite his below average intelligence quotient (IQ), his ability to run very fast gets him on the University of Alabama football team. He ultimately becomes an All-American and meets President John F. Kennedy. While attending college he witnesses George Wallace's attempt to prevent integration at the school.
After graduation, Forrest enlists in the Army. He makes friends with Benjamin Buford Blue, nicknamed Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), who convinces him to be his partner in the shrimping business when the Vietnam War is over. In 1967, he and Bubba are sent to Vietnam, and after several months of patrolling with the 9th Infantry Division, their platoon is ambushed. Forrest is shot in the buttocks but rescues many of the men in his unit, although Bubba is fatally wounded and dies. Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise), the platoon's commanding officer, is also seriously wounded and loses both legs. He chastises Forrest for saving him, insisting that he would rather have died honorably on the battlefield than become a cripple. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 8.7/10- The plot is very original and is nothing like anything I have seen before.
Acting: 8.7/10- Tom Hanks performance was top notch and the other cast members were also very good.
Special effects: 8.5/10- way that the movie uses real historical film and puts Forrest Gump is them was amazing you have to see it to understand what I am talking about.
Soundtrack: 8.8/10- The soundtrack its self was very good but the licensed music used in it was fantastic.
Comedy: 8.9/10- I am rating the comedy compared to other movies that are not all comedy. There were some memorable and hilarious moments and quotes.
Overall: 8.7/10- Overall Forrest Gump is a very unique movie that actually deserved the Oscar for Best Picture.
Closing comments: Forrest Gump is a movie that anyone who is old enough to watch the movie should watch it.
Recommended for: Drama fans, Tom Hanks fans,