Forrest Gump (1994)

It is 2021, which means that Forrest Gump has been a part of the everyday culture for over 25 years. I can say nothing in this tiny space of the internet that can change anyone’s perspective of one film history’s greatest stories. 

Whether you love him or hate him, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is one of the most beautifully written characters to ever grace the silver screen. He may be goofy, dopey, and crazy; however, he has the biggest heart you will ever encounter. Forrest inspired millions of Americans to run, eat shrimp, and enjoy a box of chocolates. He always put everyone else’s interests above his, which some could consider as selfless or just taken advantage of. None of it mattered to Forrest, as he did the best he could in any situation he found himself in. 

Thousands of people can quote this movie. Forrest found himself in some of history’s greatest moments and said some memorable things in the middle of it all. Famous lines like “run Forrest run” and “mama says life is like a box of chocolates” have been etched into people’s minds and hearts. 

As a film critic, I could sit here and point out a dozen or so flaws, both with storytelling and characters, but those are microscopic compared to the picture’s overall beauty. There was never and still hasn’t been a story about late American history quite like Forrest. It never brags or shoves a particular angle on historical events; instead, Forrest is just there, and it is comical. This film would never be considered a true comedy, yet it gives you a chuckle every 15 minutes or so when Forrest winds up in another cultural event. Of course, no man could have attended all these events, which is where all the entertainment lies. Whether it is considered a blessing or a curse, Forrest provides us with a glimpse at those events from a purely innocent viewpoint. 

I will cause a bit of controversy with my rating. In my heart, this film doesn’t deserve a perfect score. I usually reserve those spots for movies that have touched my life. Forrest Gump is a perfect score kind of movie, backed up by holding the 12th highest IMDb rating. I’ve only given out this particular rating once before and believe that Gump deserves such an honour. 9.5/10

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