|Run, Forrest, run!|
Firstly, I love how the movie starts. No-one speaks for quite a while and then you hear "Hello. I'm Forrest, Forrest Gump." It starts the film off how it goes on because the whole story is told by Forrest in his own words and it introduces his character's childlike and naive personality.
The film uses important events in American history to structure the story, so it's a very useful film to watch as the more I've learned, I get more of the references to people and events that are mentioned. I love the fast paced dialogue, loaded with references to icons of American culture.
Here are some things it mentions:
- Pilgrims coming over on the Mayflower.
- The Civil War.
- The Ku Klux Klan.
- University integration.
- Marilyn Monroe's death.
- The Kennedy brothers assassination.
- Bit about the history of the Deep South.
- The Vietnam War.
- Hippies in th 1960's.
- Vets against Vietnam.
- The Black Panthers.
- Drug culture in California.
- Hollywood Boulevard.
- All-American Ping Pong Team.
- The American relationship with Communist China.
- The Cold War
- Nixon's resignation over Watergate.
- Apple Inc.
- "Shit happens" bumper slogan.
- Smiley face t-shirt.
- The HIV pandemic in the 1980's.
So as you can see, for anyone studying history it's a entertaining overview of some of the main events in American history between (I think) the 1950's and the 1990's.
|The perfect dress.|
The music used in the soundtrack is also amazing, including Elvis, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and The Kinks. Music also plays a big role in the plot; Jenny wants to be a folk singer like Joanie Myers and Forrest meets John Lennon on a talk show. There's also the protest songs of the Vets Against Vietnam movement as well as the song everyone remembers from the helicopter scene. I also love the scene where Jenny and Forrest dance to Sweet Home Alabama.
I think the next most important character is Lieutenant Dan, played by the amazing Gary Sinise (Of Mice & Men, CSI New York), he plays a huge role in the plot as the guy who only wanted to be a war hero, Forrest's mentor and good friend. Their relationship reminds me of the way he took care of John Malkovich's Lennie in OM&M; a caring, even parental role to the more childlike and innocent character. His disability is made particuarly sad because although he's clearly very traumatised there was little support given to him and he is basically left to drink away his pain. His profound bitterness and disappointment are shown in the heart-breaking moment when he says: "This wasn't supposed to happen Gump. Not to me." I also love the scene where he screams at God in the storm. He has nothing to lose and this cathartic experience allows him to make his peace with the world. He and Forrest make a fortune with the Bubbogump Shrimp Corporation and by the end of the film his character has resolved his guilt and issues with the devastation of Vietnam, at least on a personal level. "Kiss ma crippled ass! God is listening?" Oh, Lieutenant Dan we love you and your space shuttle legs.
|Yeah, this is why I keep watching this movie.|
("I know Forrest but it's $25,000 dollars. Maybe you could just hold it for a while?" Wise words, Mrs Gump.)
and the relative innocence about the world of the central male protagonists. I saw both of these movies in an English class a few years ago. We must have had one of those teachers who just put DVD's on all the time. I don't remember any complaints!
Finally, here's a list of the best quotes. Try saying some of these not in Forrest's voice (it's impossible!)
"Jenny and me was like peas and carrots."
"Momma said: Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
"I can run like the wind blows."
"We got more money than Davy Crocker."
"Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks."
"I just felt like running."
"You're a momma, Jenny."
I hope you enjoyed my review. Whether you've seen it once or ten times, Forrest Gump is a film that will never fail to touch your heart and remind you of the potential in all of us to be extraordinary.