Number of Times Seen – Too many to count, but at least 20 times (Theater in ’94, DVD, 8 Jun 2013, 23 Feb 2016 and 5 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A simple minded Southern man takes a journey through modern American history as his simple life comes in contact over and over again with events that have shaped America from the 50’s thru the 80’s.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I saw it for the first time in the theater nearly 24 years ago.
In a way, it feels magical in the way that the story is presented.
It also provides a historical outlook on the events of the 1950’s thru the 1980’s in America.
It manages to still feel relevant and timeless as it shows modern America during those decades and even now doesn’t seem so far away.
Tom Hanks is superb in the lead role and definitely deserved to win a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar for this role (He won for Philadelphia (1993) the previous year.)
He became only the second actor to win back to back Oscars in that category; the first being Spencer Tracy nearly 55 years earlier.
The special effects are amazing in this film and they help make the story feel even more believable.
The way that the effects allow an actor with two legs appear to not have legs is so amazing to watch because eventhough you know it’s an effects, you constantly try to find his legs.
These effects help the story along seamlessly.
The supporting cast is excellent and Gary Sinise, Robin Wright Penn, Mikelti Williams and Sally Field have all helps mold and create iconic film characters who are so recognizable.
Sinise is the best of the group and was very deserving of winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Martin landau’s performance in Ed Wood (1994)
This film managed to win 6 Oscar in one of the most competitive Oscar years ever.
The film is filled with so many quotable lines that one can never tire reciting.
They manage to keep a perfect balance between the varying emotions that this film is able to evoke; laughter, sobbing, poignancy and even shock over some of the events in the film largely due to the simple way that Forrest views events around him.
This is clearly the best film of 1994 and deservingly has 6 Oscars to prove it!
Can’t wait to see this again soon
Bottom Line – Amazing film that feels both magical and historical but overall it’s still a relevant and timeless look at modern American over the past 60 years. Hanks is superb in the lead and was extremely deserving of not only winning Best Actor at the Oscar, but also having the honor of being only the second lead actor in Academy history to win back to back awards. The special effects are extremely amazing to look at because it helps make the story work so seamlessly. The supporting cast is excellent with Sinise being the best, but Fields, Williams and Wright have helped create iconic film characters. Won 6 Oscars in a year that was VERY competitive. Clearly is the best film of the year and very enjoyable to watch unfold. The balance between drama, comedy, romance and pleasant shock is created so well throughout. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tom Hanks was not paid for this film. Instead, he took percentage points which ultimately netted him in the region of forty million dollars. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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