Number of Times Seen – Too many to count, but at least 20 times (Theater in ’94, DVD, 8 Jun 2013, 23 Feb 2016, 5 Jun 2018 and 19 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – History of the US during the 1950’s through the 80’s is seen through the unique perspective of a mentally challenged young man.
My Take on it – This is an amazing film that I can watch over and over because it is so unique and tells such a captivating story.
Director Robert Zemekis is able to bring together so many story telling elements into this film that help make this work so well.
Tom Hanks is perfectly cast in the title role and helps endear his character to us by his performance.
He deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance and became one of the very few actors to win back to back Oscars two years in a row.
His performance helps keep this story so much fun to watch as things unfold.
The story is told in a very poignant way which helps make things so much more impactful.
The characters are all developed quite well and that helps make us care so much about them and about what will happen to them as things move forward.
The film’s music is an essential part to making this all work and the choice of songs for this soundtrack help create such a fun and powerful atmosphere as the story moves along.
This film has probably one of the very best soundtracks ever created for a movie.
The musical score by Alan Silvestri is also superb and helps frame the story throughout.
The tempo moves form slow to fast and then back to slow depending on how emotional each and every scene is because the film’s script moves from scenes that are quite moving emotionally to others which are slightly comical in their approach to the events transpiring.
In addition to Hanks, the rest of the cast is also amazing including Sally Field, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright who are help make things so much more emotional since they are all perfectly cast in these roles.
One of the most amazing things about this movie is the way that it is able to (literally) place its characters in world events which helps make us believe that these might be real people who have somehow been touched by events of history through their lives.
The script is multi-layered and allows us to get a very clear idea as to what is transpiring in the personal lives of these characters while also connecting things to events in history and world events.
The film’s use of subtle special effects helps enhance the story so much because of the way it adds realism to this story and characters.
This is a film that was quite deserving of all of its accolades including Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars.
Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that comes together so well. Hanks is perfectly cast in the lead role and helps keep things so enjoyable to watch. The film’s way of storytelling helps endear the characters to the viewer even more because they are all developed so well that we can easily care about what will happen to them along the way. The music helps set the atmosphere and this is a film that truly has one of the very best soundtracks ever compiled for a film. Besides Hanks, Field, Sinise and Wright are all superbly cast in these roles. Love the way that this story is able to place the characters (literally) in world events of the time which works so well in helping to establish them as possibly real people who have been touched by history. The musical score by Silvestri is amazingly poignant and works so well in helping frame the story which can be quite moving in some scenes and then jump to comical and then right back to moving in the very next one. The script is excellent and helps us get a real idea of what is going on both in the lives of these characters and in the world because of the way that they connect them both. The special effects are superb and help enhance this story so much. Very deserving of all of its accolades including Best Picture, Director and Actor at the Oscars. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Warner Bros. gave up the rights to this film in 1988 in exchange for the rights to Executive Decision (1996), because the studio felt that the project had lost its commercial promise in the wake of Rain Man (1988). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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