Forrest Gump Review

Today I am going to be writing a Forrest Gump review and tell you why it is in my top five favourite films of all time. Also as this is a review there will be some spoilers, especially towards the end. I really hope you enjoy this review and you also want to watch or even rewatch this film! Plus don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog, happy reading!

The film Forrest Gump was released back on the 7th October 1994 written by Eric Roth and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a comedic, dramatic and romantic film about Forrest Gump (played by the great Tom Hanks) a slow-witted but kind-hearted innocent man from Alabama. The film follows through several decades of his life, as well as living and experiencing several iconic moments in American history.

The film starts of as a grown Forrest Gump waiting on a bench at a bus stop, where he speaks to a lady also waiting for the bus. He offers her a chocolate, where he says one of the most famous lines from the film “My mom said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re goin’ get.” Forrest starts to talk about his life to the lady waiting at the bus stop where we flashback to when Forrest is a child getting braces on his legs to fix his back as the doctor says “he has a back like a crooked politician”. From this point on you follow Forrest narrating his life to the passengers at the bus stop where it flashes to his past and eventually catches up to present day and the reason he is waiting at the bus stop.

This is the actual bench from the movie that Tom Hanks sits on and I got the chance to visit when I went to Paramount Studios in LA where it was filmed.

Forrest grew up in Greenbow, Alabama with his mum (played by Sally Field). As a single parent she was very aware of Forrest’s mental condition, she treated and constantly reminded him that he was a wonderful, normal boy and that he shouldn’t be treated any differently. Even going to the lengths to sleep with the principal to make sure Forrest was kept in his school, despite having an IQ of just 79 meaning he was below average to be in the school.

However, Forrest’s adventures really began on his first ride to school. After getting on the bus and being told by the other kids that all the seats were full then hears the sweetest voice he had ever heard and turns to see the most “beautiful thing in my life, she was like an angel.” A little girl called Jenny offers for Forrest to sit next to her and they talk all the way to school. From this day on they became the best of friends and he refers to their relationship as “peas and carrots”. As Forrest and Jenny spend more time together, Forrest notices that Jenny never wants to go home as she had a very different childhood compared to Forrest. She grew up being physically and verbally abused by her father which left her with trauma causing her life to be later to be filled with drugs, alcohol and abusive boyfriends. But from all of this, Jenny is the centre of Forrest’s world and he would do anything for her.

As Forrest gets older anywhere he went and everything he did, Jenny was always on his mind. He would write to her when he was fighting the Vietnam War, names a boat after her when he went into the shrimping business with Lieutenant Dan, thought about her when he played ping pong in the championships and the most when he went on a running spree for three years, two months and fourteen days (one of the most iconic things Forrest does…”Run Forrest Run”).

At the end of the film Forrest and Jenny’s life finally align and you find out the reason he is at the bus stop is because Jenny sends him a note that she needs to see him. Forrest goes to see Jenny and finds out he is actually the father of a young boy also called Forrest, the son of Jenny. Jenny becomes very sick with a virus so she and little Forrest moves in with Forrest at his house he grew up in. They eventually marry at the house and they spend the rest of her day’s as a family of three. After Jenny passes just a year later Forrest lovingly cares and raises little Forrest where at the end of the film he takes his son to get the school bus, where little Forrest tells him “I love you Daddy”.

This is just such a heart-warming film that always brightens up my day whenever I watch it. Tom Hanks’ performance is just incredible and will always be my favourite film from Hanks. The story comes full circle for Forrest and although Jenny is no longer there she has taught Forrest so much and she still lives on in Little Forrest.

Thank you all for reading and I really hope you enjoyed this Forrest Gump review and I hope it sparks you to watch or even rewatch this classic film. Don’t forget to comment and like the post. Thank you again and stay safe.


Update

It has been far too long since I last posted on here, but I am back and ready to get sharing again!

Since I last posted back in October, we have entered two lockdowns, celebrated Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas, rung in the New Year and celebrated my birthday. But today’s post I am going to write a life update about what has happened in the last four months.

Halloween for me is one of my favourite times of the year, the air gets cooler, nights get darker and it just has a really nice feel about this time of year. This year, as there was still restrictions in place, it was kept low key where me and my friends went to a local pumpkin patch called Cattows Farm in Leicestershire. If you haven’t been already you should as it has the biggest selection of pumpkins in the country! So after looking through 100’s of pumpkins I picked my five ready to carve. This years editions weren’t my best but I am still rather chuffed with what I created, have a look for yourselves below:

Next up we have my absolute favourite time of the year Christmas! This has always been the best time of the year for me, it’s just full of happiness and it’s spent with your favourite people, and this year although was different to previous years was still just as nice. Our Christmas decorations saw an upgrade, we watched more christmas films than usual as we were home more, ate lots of wonderful food, played so many games and just spent time as a family. Here are some of highlights from the crimbo period:

New Year much like Christmas was low key and we just celebrated as a family. We played board games and a gross game of bean boozled, twisted with beer pong which was awful but so fun! We rung in the New Year together and hoped for a much more positive 2021. Although as predicted on the 8th January we was plunged into a third lockdown, which we are still riding out with the hope in March we will have a little more freedom back.

This meant I spent my birthday in lockdown, which only seemed fair as everyone else I know celebrated theirs in lockdown already. Also you know what, although I missed all of my friends, it was a great birthday. We played games on the Nintendo Switch, had a takeaway and just chilled which was really nice.

Since then, not a lot has happened, I have been working from home so apart from my walks and the odd shop for essential items I have stayed home. Last weekend got exciting as we got so much snow…more than I had ever seen. So of course the 27-year old I am, I made a giant snowman as tall as me (not hard as I am only just over 5ft). My greatest achievement of 2021 so far. Enjoy the snowy, magical pictures below:

I really hope you enjoyed reading my small life update as much as I did writing it. Although times are tough we will all make it through this together!

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FRIENDS

Hi and welcome to my first post! In the entertainment section of the blog, I will take the opportunity to share some of my favourite films and TV shows and why they are my favourite. Please don’t forget to like, share and comment your favourites too!

Now it would be rude not to start off my with favourite tv show of all time FRIENDS. Some of you may disagree with my opinion, but as someone that has watched the show from a young age and have watched the series multiple times since, I have just grown up and revelled in the greatness of FRIENDS. From the characters to the storylines to me there is nothing more perfect.

So for those readers that haven’t watched or heard of FRIENDS, it premiered in 1994 (the best year in my opinion, not just because I was born) and lasted for 10 seasons eventually ending in 2004. It follows a group of six friends Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe & Rachel in their 20’s and 30’s living in New York. Where you follow their journeys through relationships, friendships and their ever changing careers.

So what makes it the greatest tv show in history (yes I have said it!)?

For me it is the best friendship that you will ever see between a group of people, yes there are moments where they do bicker and fall out, but isn’t that all friendships? But to know that in the end you will always be best friends no matter what. It is also in some ways the connection that you make with the characters. Myself personally, I don’t just resonate with one character but aspects of all of them and I think thats why a lot of people relate to the show so much, as it reminds them of themselves.

Additionally, the writers on FRIENDS make some comedy gold moments throughout the show, where later I will give my top three favourite episodes from the entire series. They make you cry with laughter and some moments make your heart melt.

In my final year of university I had the fantastic opportunity to go to Los Angeles as part of my Media & Film course where we went to multiple Hollywood Studios. But was so thankful that I managed to get tickets to do a studio tour of Warner Bros, which of course was where FRIENDS and many other great films and tv shows were also filmed (I will be sure to write my favourites of these too). During the visit I went past the soundstage where FRIENDS was filmed but also was able to go to see the original set of Central Perk with the original sofa too, it was a dream come true (and yes I am wearing an awesome Jurassic Park T-shirt).

One year later, I was also fortunate to get tickets to FRIENDSFEST that came to Manchester, UK and as a huge fan it was everything I expected and more…it was truly one of my favourite days. From a picture on the sofa, to sitting on Ross’s sofa, sitting in each of the apartments, seeing the famous Gellar cup and even sitting in Central Perk listening to a Phoebe Buffay tribute act.

As a fan of the show the visits to the original sets and to see other fans it was incredible and I will never forget. In some way it even makes me love the show more to know that I have been where the series was filmed.

So for the moment you have all been waiting for…Drum roll please…my top three episodes:

In third place we have The One With Unagi (Season 6 Episode 17)

For many reasons this episode never fails to make me laugh so hard. The episode features around Ross where he is determined to prove he can beat up Rachel and Phoebe after they attended self defence classes. Ross states that Unagi is a state of awareness and one is ready and prepared at all times after practicing Karate. However, the funniest thing of all is that Unagi is a type of freshwater eel that Rachel and Phoebe point out in the episode and mock Ross through his attempts to attack them both.

In second place we have The One Where Ross is Fine (Season 10 Episode 2) (SPOILER ALERT BELOW)

This to me has so many classic lines in and the comedy is at in my opinion one of it’s highest throughout the entire season. The episode revolves around Ross’s reaction to walking in on Joey and Rachel kissing, where Ross tells everyone he is Fine in a very high pitched squaky tone. He then invites Rachel and Joey over for dinner with his girlfriend Charlie (who is Joey’s ex) just to prove how OK he is with the situation (which he is not, when he wakes up the next day with no pants on after getting drunk on Margaritas).

If you hadn’t noticed so far that my favourite episodes feature Ross, and guess what, the best episode also features Ross too. Although he is not my favourite character (let’s be honest it’s Chandler), Ross has some very funny moments throughout the show which just make you fall in love with the character. So without further ado I now present to you first place:

In first place we have the unbeatable The One Where Ross Gets a Tan (Season 10 Episode 3)

Now this is just one of my favourite moments in television history, when Ross decides to get a fake tan after seeing sister Monica with a glowing tan. However, as the episode develops we notice that Ross faces many issues when getting a spray tan, and ends the episode significantly darker on only one half of his body (For your pleasure I have added the image below :D).

Now even though the series has been over for 16 years, they announced earlier this year that there is to be a reunion. Which you have no idea how excited I am for this to happen! So when the reunion has been aired, I will do a review on what i thought of the reunion and if it met my expectation as a fan.

I just want to say thank you everyone who has taken the time to read about in my opinion the greatest show ever. I hope that it has made you chuckle as well as reminiscence your favourite episodes or even watch it for the first time.

Thank you for reading and please don’t forget to like, comment and share your favourite films and shows too.

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