Forest Gump (1994)
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Forest Gump. One of the all time greats. Would you believe that I had never seen it until just the other day? It’s true. Loved by so many, it’s taken me 17 years to see it. That being said, for me, this classic lives up to the hype.
The story focuses on a middle-aged Forest Gump, played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning role, telling his life story to people at the bus stop. The audience follows Forest from him getting leg braces as a young boy, playing football in college, surviving Vietnam, becoming a World Class ping pong champion, starting the Bubba Gump shrimp compay, running across the United States for several years, before finally being reunited with the love of his life and begining his most fulfilling adventure, parenthood.
It’s easy to see why it’s so loved by so many. The film is a wonderful piece of nostalgia for those who grew up in the time period covered by the film – the 1950s-the early 1980s. It successfully draws together all different events and movements of that era that really define so many of the folks that grew up in that era, while at the same time invoking themes that are still relevent today.
Forest Gump is a movie for everyone. It’s one of those films that’s a true testimate to the human experience, and is a film that people are going to continue to talk about for generations to come.