Forrest Gump (1994) – Encore Review 4

“Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?”- Lieutenant Daniel Taylor

“I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.” – Forrest Gump

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, 19 Feb 2020 and 22 Aug 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A simple minded man living in the South in the 50’s experiences much of his life through the history of America.

My Take on it – This is one of my favorite movies and love how it is all put together.

Robert Zemeckis was able to create such an epic story that views the growth of America over a period of over thirty years via the eyes of a simpleton and it works so well.

Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as the title character and helps make so much of what happens so much more believable to watch unfold.

The film expertly utilizes special effects in order to allow this character to not just witness history, but also become an integral party of it happening.

The supporting cast is also superb with Robin Wright, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson and Gary Sinise helping to make things even more powerful to watch.

The story moves along at a great pace and works so well no matter how often one watches it.

Love the way that things don’t feel like a history lesson despite touching so much of the history of the nation which leaves things feeling so absorbing the entire way through.

The score by Alan Silvestri is excellent and resonates so well throughout the movie and long after it’s over.

The soundtrack is one of the very best movie soundtracks ever put together and helps change the tone for whatever is needed along the way.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake. Bill Paxton was one of Zemeckis’s initial first choices for the titular role, but the studio demanded somebody with more star power. The novel’s author, Winston Groom, had always envisioned John Goodman as Gump. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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