Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, is a well-rounded movie that was released in theaters in 1994. It is an ultimate combination of comedy, drama, romance, war, and action and earned Tom Hanks an Oscar as best actor. Although it is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, the film captures the audiences' attention and the next thing you know, you're watching the end credits.

Most of the movie takes place on a bench where Forrest tells the story of his life to several strangers who happen to sit next to him. Forrest Gump is an unintelligent boy who meets Jenny, the love of his life, on the first day of school on the bus. from that day until the end of college, they were very close friends. While narrating the story, Forrest mentions twice that "Jenny and I were like peas and carrots." However, throughout the story, the two are being separated several times such as when Jenny leaves to San Francisco and Forrest becomes a soldier in the Vietnam war but no matter what, they always find a way to reunite. During his lifetime, Forrest Gump has been present in many historical events and has made many friends along the way such as Lt. Dan Taylor and Bubba.

There are many memorable quotes in the movie. Some of my favorite are:
"My momma told me that life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
"Jenny and I were like peas and carrots."
"Stupid is as stupid does."
"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going."

Another great thing about this movie is the soundtracks. There is almost a different song for every single scene! The selections are also well done and they go perfectly with the movie. I also loved how they put Forrest in past videos of John Lennon, President Nixon, and President Kennedy!


  1. Oh,I've seen this movie many years ago and I love it! One of my favorite lines is - Run Forest Run!

  2. Hey Sophia!

    Wow, I dont remember the last time I watched this movie... and I keep getting it mixed up with Water Boy haha. Though Bubba Gumps is an amazing place to eat!

  3. Yeah I went to the Bubba Gump restaurant at Universal Studios and it was awesome! I even have a picture of it in my photo gallery.