Viewed – 23 June 2010 Blu-ray
Probably one of the most acclaimed movies of the past twenty years, this multi-Oscar winning movie shows us several decades of American history through the eyes of a simple-minded innocent. At its heart it is a meaningful love story and love letter to America, with Forrest representing a simpler more honest view of life, and although he is surrounded by both tragedy and success, he never changes from the good natured man he’s always been. Robert Zemeckis’s film is both informative, feel good and tear-jerking, bathed with beautiful cinematography showcasing many American land marks and stunning backdrops, and an eye for detail and pop culture that he also showed off wonderfully in the Back To The Future trilogy. In many ways he’s the Spielberg that never was, and I still don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. I must also say this is probably Tom Hank’s crowning performance, again nabbing him Best Actor, as his role of the seemingly stupid (but actually quite clever) Gump is played just right, most aptly shown in one scene where long time love interest Jenny (Robin Wright Penn) tries to seduce him, and he comes over all panicky and embarrassed. It’s a stunning role for a very talented actor – and I can’t think of anyone else who could have played the part any better.