GREAT 1994 film - glad I've finally seen it - and glad I stuck with it after what was for me a slow beginning. The second half really captured me as the film's rendering of the literary abstract ideas developed. Tom Hanks did a fine job in this bit unusual acting role. And fun to see Sally Field at age 48 at Forrest's mom - they did do a bit of aging on her not so old look.
The film's production staff really pulled this off in SO many categories.
Lots of fine arty aspects throughout - and beginning (and ending) with those excellent 'feather in the sky' scenes.
My Personal Favorite Movie . It is funny, sad, quirky, and amazing all at the same time. The characters are great,and the all around feel is extraordinary, and the story is just Wonderful. Every Movie Lover should view this film at least once.
Five stars. This is such an incredible movie... Oh my goodness, it left me mesmerized. Tom Hanks was so amazing.... Oh my goodness, I cannot get over how wonderful this movie is!!
This is a 1994 American dramedy directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom.
The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama who witnesses some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States.
It is quite amazing and amusing that extensive visual effects are used to incorporate the protagonist into archived footages such as JFK, Nixon, and Lindon Johnson scenes.
No wonder the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
Filmed in 1994, I hadn't watched it since it originally premiered. It truly is a great movie! Full of life lessons and historical events woven into one person's life. Makes you believe that anything is truly possible, if you aren't aware that it may not be. Forest Gump doesn't spend much time talking himself out of things, he just moves forward accomplishing one thing after another, because he doesn't realize that the odds may be against him. With a loving, supportive mother, he thinks anything is possible. His mother's quirky, supportive advice keeps propelling him forward in life. He keeps telling people, "my momma always said, life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get." Isn't that the truth!!
Forrest Gump is one of the best film of all time. Definitely the best Zemeckis's work so far and he has put so much soul and depth to this 1994 Academy Award winning Best Picture. This movie portrays the life of a slow-witted character who gets embroiled in various ridiculous situations. He was a Vietnam war hero, received a congressional medal of honour, shook hands with many US Presidents and was a successful owner of a shrimp company. We get to see many world events through the eyes of a supposedly "dumb" character. The flow and pace of the movie was perfect as we ride through various historical events like the Vietnam War, assasination of JFK and the Watergate Scandal. Tom Hanks gave an undeniably wonderful performance as Forrest and truly deserves the Oscar that he earned. Gary Sinise gave a superb performance as Lieutenant Dan in the movie. Even though he was only nominated and did not win anything, I felt he really deserves the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The scene where he pulled Forrest down from the bed and cursed him for saving his life, just simply blew me away. Sally Field is also wonderful as Forrest's mother and deserves the Oscar as well. The line "Forrest, you have to do your best what God has given you. Be brave Forrest, be brave in everything you do. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get." really moved me and brought me tears. No movie had bring such emotion in me. Robin Wright did her role well as Forrest's love interest and complements well to Forrest's life. The actors truly brings the characters to life and I must salute Zemeckis for choosing the perfect cast. The technical aspect of the film is just excellent. The visual effects is unlike anything we have seen before. Many movies have not fully utilised the CGI effects to complement it. Nowadays, filmmakers just want to show what special effects they can do rather than what the special effects can do for the film. In Forrest Gump, visual effects are utilised to their best to create unbelievable scenes. Scenes like the flying feather, Lieutenant Dans' missing legs, Vietnam War, meeting of the president is just incredible. This is what visual effects is all about. To create impossible scenes to the big screen. Alan Silvestri's film score is one of the best scores I have ever heard. From the touching piano piece at the beginning feather scene to the uplifting tune of Forrest hugging Jenny at the Washington square scene, Alan's award-winning score truly brings the perfect mood and emotion to the film. Every aspect of this movie is simply excellent from the eye-popping special effects, film editing, wonderful score, sound, to the theme of the movie. This movie makes us realised that we all have a purpose in life and that we all have the ability to do the impossible. Forrest Gump tells us that we all should have strong principles and beliefs to succeed in life. Forrest only believes in 3 person. He believes in God, his momma and Jenny. Nothing can go past them. Just look at what Forrest has achieved. He is the President of a shrimp company, a war hero, a Ping-Pong champion, and a happy father. Forrest Gump simply tells us that we can achieve anything in life as long as we put our best effort and believe in everything that we do. Forrest Gump is no doubt one the best films I have ever seen. It changes my perception of life and makes me realised that we all have a purpose in this world. We probably won't be seeing anything like this forever. A true masterpiece.
Just returned from Beaufort, SC. Did a historical carriage ride - did not realize filmed here. Had to see it AGAIN hoping to see familiar places.
Tom Hanks does a spectacular job in this movie, and I was very happy with his character portrayal. This movie is a classic and I enjoyed it very much.
A ,movie that will stand the over the years as one of the best Tom Hanks Movies! He is into his character and he is 100 per cent Forest Gump. Great movie for the entire family and one to show when friends come over. This is a special movie that was handled carefully and correctly!
just seen it yesterday on abc family and it was the sadesed happy and funny movie I've ever seen. And know I am going to put a hold on it . awesome movie :) :)
I saw this movie for the very first time yesterday, it is incredible! I love it! My favorite characters besides Forest himself are lieutenant Dan, and Forest's Mama. Bubba is cool too. I almost cried during a few scenes, great movie, now I can understand why everyone talks about it so much.
A fine performance from Tom Hanks in this Academy Award-hoarding film. The film seems to be an inferior take on Woody Allen's Zelig that lacks it's acerbic take on fame and success. Time has not been kind to this film, which now seems overrarated and over-garlanded with awards.
Great movie. One of my favorites that i can watch over every couple years. The story is actually the one from the novel Candide by Voltaire (a classic).
Such a good movie! Forrest is such a sweetheart and Tom Hanks did a brilliant job acting him! Adorable movie! (Loved the running aspect! :D)
High technology effects at the service of a bozo screenplay. The supposed portrayal of a mentally challenged man is cartoonish, no---its utterly foolish, daft.
The film is mawkish, sentimental in the worst of ways, and targeted at the mass audience who wants a 'warm hearted' film, at the expense of writing something that would in any way ring true. They chose the right man for the lead rold, Tom Hanks is the Celine Dion of American film, never put it past him to deliver, deliver something over the top and false at its core.
One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.
A very touching movie. Has much more action in it than you would think by the title. The characters are extremely well-developed, and the themes are good ones (unconditional love, forgiveness, and redemption). Would especially recommend for girls 13 and up. It is one of those movies you will remember for life.