MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#4 of 49) – Forrest Gump (1994) – Encore Review 5


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #4 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I saw in the theater when it came out and was immediately enthralled by all that happened because the story and characters were so vivid and down to Earth the whole way through.

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, 22 Aug 2021 and 2 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A simpleton spends his life constantly making contact with US history as he tried to find true love and happiness in all that happens around him.

My Take on it – Tom Hanks is an amazing actor and this is just one of his many amazing performances in his storied career.

This film hits every chord of Americana from the 1950 thru the 1980’s and they construct the plot really well for this now-iconic character to constantly find ways to make a “kiss with history” over and over.

The special effects are superb and help make things look so much more genuine especially when they superimpose the character to meeting with numerous famous personalities over the time period depicted.

The film has one of the very best soundtracks ever put together for a movie and is quite eclectic and powerful from start to finish.

They do a wonderful job showing how his best friend lives a constrastingly parallel kind of life which helps make the story even more evocative of the time while moving along two parallel paths that always seem to miss one another.

The film is quite powerful and poignant in its message and was quite deserving of all of the awards it won including 6 Oscars.

It won Best Picture, Director and Actor along with 3 technical categories.

This is such a heartwarming film that feel so inspirational no matter how often one watches it.

The supporting cast is also great with Robin Wright, Sally Field, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson all added so much more to the way this story plays out.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With every transition of Forrest’s age, one thing remains the same. In the first scene of each transition, he wears a blue plaid shirt. (From IMDB)

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

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