Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Running Time: 142 mins
Forrest Gump is an American film about a dim-witted but well-meaning man who inadvertently takes part in some of history’s most important events, all the while caring for his mama and thinking of his one true love.
This is a modern classic, and in part, that’s a deserved reputation. At times, this is a hugely emotional and genuinely extraordinary film to watch, focussing on a very interesting and positive story that will surely lift your spirits. On the other hand, it has to be said that this is often very cheesy, and almost preposterous, and that pushiness doesn’t really help to make it the most captivating viewing experience.
Let’s start this review off with the central focus of the film, Forrest Gump himself. He’s a simple man, but with a heart of absolute gold, and is a classic movie character that you can’t help but adore. Tom Hanks’ performance is very strong, pulling off the exaggerated accent and mannerisms for over two hours in style, but it’s the fact that this character is so genuinely nice and pleasant that makes this film a treat to watch.
The first half of the movie, however, isn’t so great. Yes, it’s full of the classic lines: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates’ and ‘Run, Forrest, run!’, but the origins of Forrest Gump aren’t the most captivating. His troubles at a younger age feel a little pushy and cheesy, and although the beginning of his romance with Jenny is very nice, the second part, where the two have a more troubled relationship, just isn’t so appealing.
However, once you’re past about an hour and fifteen minutes, this does turn into a hugely emotional and engrossing film. Forrest’s later years are much more believable than some of his more outlandish exploits earlier on, whilst the reintroduction of various characters in the latter stages are much more effective in both adding intrigue and emotion to the story.
By the end, it’s pretty tough to hold back the tears, but at least there’s never a point in this film when you’re feeling down. Even in the tougher moments, there’s always a silver lining to bring you up, and that’s what ultimately makes this such a treat to watch, so that’s why it gets a 7.9 from me.