Robert Zemeckis directs this modern dramatic tale, following the life of the earnest Forrest Gump, present at several important moments in American history, while he pursues the love of his life, Jenny Curran. The film stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field.
Zemeckis is one for a time spanning tale as we’ve come to know and he once again makes a well crafted film, adapted from the novel of the same name and centred on the quirky Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in one of his most memorable (and fondly remembered at that) performances, Hanks is a professional at work and vanishes into the character, fully taking on his mannerisms and characteristics. Meanwhile the rest of the cast is also great and Jenny Robin Wright is great opposite Hanks as Jenny, the often misled person who doesn’t quite seem to know what she wants, sort of like Forrest actually, though he wants to be in a relationship with Jenny and realises that he does as things progress.
The story is very much a fun character drama with the serous situations and real life tumultuous history of America through the 60s and 80s juxtaposed with Forrests’ relentless honesty and overall morality, he’s slow but he’s a character you just can’t dislike and a great character in general, well written and a big part of why the film works so well. The time periods in the film make for interesting changes of scene and you definitely find yourself captivated by the story as Forrest himself tells it but importantly, things never feel dull, though arguably the film does drag on a bit in the final 10 minutes or so. That being said the story is really important and it is interesting, you find yourself wanting to find out what happens to Forrest next and it’s also quite funny to see him digitally inserted at certain historical moments, playing up to the light, humorous tone the film generally has.
There’s some strong writing here with great, memorable lines “Run forrest, run!”, while other lines just work really well in specific scenes and make for some great character interaction, all of which involve Forrest in one way or another.
Though despite that tone, there are darker themes present in loss and death but these are handled really well and pay off in some hard hitting emotional moments, helped by some brilliant performances from Hanks and Wright, as well as Gary Sinise – Forrests’ commanding officer when the two of them were in Vietnam. Forrest Gump is a great time spanning drama with the feeling of a modern fairy tale, with great characters and a fun, optimistic feeling, resulting in an engrossing and engaging watch.
. Has some fantastic performances
. Inventive use of real history with the story
. Engaging plot