March 12, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle
Review by Eric H.
Paramount Pictures (1994)
The movie Forrest Gump, based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom is and will always be classical movie, The slow witted and kind hearted character of Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks captures the hearts and feelings of many.
As a small town southern boy Forrest was raised properly by his single mother who had a special way of talking to him as he said” Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them” this really captures his special connection and his mothers loving ways.
This is probably one of the most quotable movies ever, with lines such as “ run Forrest run!”, “ Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know whatcha gonna get” and many more it stands for why this movie is as renowned as it is.
The star of the movie Mr. Tom Hanks is the most talented actor in the world, period. He brings every character to life and makes you feel in such movies as: Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Green Mile, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, The Polar Express, Captain Philips and many more. Those are just a personal highlight reel of my favourite Tom Hanks movies and as you can see from that his talents real a wide variety of audiences. The way he took the character of Forrest Gump and transferred it into the masterpiece it is was amazing. The character faces many moral dilemmas during the film such as drug addictions with Jenny, saving Lieutenant Dan, his mother, Jenny and his best friend Bubba dying, women abuse and the horrible experience of the civil war. But through it all he always comes back to how his mother raised him and wont give up no matter what happens.
This story can appeal to a wide crowd because the amount of heart ache and experiences can be relatable whether its loving a loved one or chasing the girl of your dreams no matter what the circumstances are. Among the many tear jerkers in this movie losing Bubba in the war, it spoke to the generation moving on from the Vietnam conflict and it shows us the heart ache of losing a true friend. Cause as we learn life isn’t always going to work out for us and things change and that you can never expect for someone to leave like shown in this line” You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.” This was probably one of the most powerful lines that stood out to me, it was filled with raw emotion and sadness as he loses the only woman he will ever love besides his mother.
In conclusion, Forrest Gump is one of the best movies there will ever be, there is nothing like it and there will never be another like it.
The creativity of this story can not be recreated because it broke into new barriers and talked about things that most movies wouldn’t dare to go into but that’s what makes it amazing. They say today’s generation doesn’t appreciate a classic and I agree we have to open our eyes to real movies such as this. The world be live is ever changing and we never know what’s coming for us tomorrow and like momma used to say ” Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Eric H. is a grade 12 student at FHS who loves movies starring Tom Hanks.