(This is Forrest Gump film review, which is a film that combines many genres)
There is always a movie that gained the approval of the masses solely from its storytelling. Forrest Gump is one of these films and it even almost beat out The Lion King in terms of revenue when it was released, and became one of the highest grossing films of the 90s.
It is directed by the same director Robert Zemeckis and starred Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. Without further ado, let’s take a look back at the oldies in the Forrest Gump film review below!
The film shows different time periods of the life of Forrest Gump, a man of low intellect but who eventually managed to touch the world with his pure acts and simple determination. Many real life events were shown and the film contains a mixture of true stories as well as fictional ones.
Forrest Gump Film Review
The story itself is like a daydream of someone who thought of changing the world, but from a perspective of someone with lower intellect. It felt like a dream, yet feels so real that some of the scenes will touch you greatly. What made them even more impactful is how the film tied this fictional story with those real-life events with real people like past presidents as well as past protests etc. But the one thing that is even more impactful is how the film shows Forrest Gump grew as a character despite his setbacks.
Though some part of the story is exaggerated, they never make the scenes look cheap. You will emotionally connect with the characters inside as they all just felt so…lifelike. They are people who you probably have seen everyday or at least once in your life. They are out there and this film tells a story about hardship, friendship, determination and most of all, love. It’s a story about a human who just tried his best as told by his loved ones, and how it resonated to all those around him that he unknowingly helped.
I must say the premise itself is pretty fresh and feel quite original, even with the 2020 standard. It does not feature great CGI, action scenes or some dramatic emotional moments, as it knows that it just needs to tell an endearing great story in a way that we all can relate to, and that will be a great film all by itself. This portion gets a huge thumb up from me, definitely!
Pacing is great and things move fast and slow as needed to generate interest, retaining them as well as making them memorable. Every single event that happened to the main character made him grow as a person. And it’s from every single of these scenes that we learn about his character and good qualities as an ordinary good person. CGI portion is also plenty amazing for its times, where it managed to use some old footages and merge them well to create an illusion that real-life characters actually appeared alongside our main fictional character.
Now here’s the meaty portion, and the main stars of the film. The characters, all of them are likeable as well as relatable. Forrest Gump connects well with me by showing his simple thoughts and looking things black and white, but he also learnt to accept some part of this disabilities as he went on with his life. His determination and selfless love touched me as he showed it to his mates, crush and mother. He saved them all in one way or another and made them proud despite his low intellect. It showed the world that all are created fair, you are here for a reason, and only you can make it happen. And Tom Hank was able to bring out such masterful performance to really reel you in.
The other side characters are also filled with memorable personalities and demeanours, and they all interacted with the main character in believable ways. You can see their side of the story and what they had to go through in order to persevere through life. You also see how some of them will lose something in life and then gain something else of equal or even better value along the way.
And this film has no true antagonists, in fact, there is no bad guy good guy here. This is a film about a character retelling his life stories to us, that’s all there is to it. The simplicity of such intention is so like Forrest Gump’s personality. So you don’t need to think so much about it and just enjoy the film as it goes.
The soundtrack are great and they are all from different time periods to reflect various parts of Forrest Gump’s lives. They all play at the nice timing and make the scenes even more impactful and memorable.