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.
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.