#341/ 365 – ‘Forrest Gump’ (1994) – 142 mins
IMDb Challenge #215 / 250 – Ranked #33 – DVD Collection
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events – in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. ‘Forrest Gump’ is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.
Tom Hanks, gives a richly deserving Oscar-winning performance, in the title role. Devoted to his Ma (Sally Field) he teaches Elvis how to shake his hips, rumbles through football games, Vietnam war, ping-pong championships, meets presidents, tackles shrimp boat captaining, runs the length and breadth of America, and of course adventures in love with his precious childhood sweetheart Jenny (Robin Wright).
With Hanks being playful in Forrest’s narration the adventures can prove a bit schmaltzy at times, but that said if there was ever a film that can restore your energy after a weary day then Forrest Gump is the perfect tonic, as director Robert Zemeckis knows how to push every button. Winner of 6 Academy Awards, though it still bewilders me to this day how Forrest Gump triumphed over Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ in the Best Picture category.