"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get." The renowned quote comes from the six time Academy Award winning 1994 film, Forrest Gump. With a running time of nearly two and a half hours, this comedy drama film leaves you wondering what you'll get throughout the plot, following the life of Forrest Gump, played by actor Tom Hanks. Having an IQ under 75 and leg braces, Forrest is undoubtedly declared as the underdog, creating an emotional connection between Forrest and the audience, and a film full of pathos. The film starts off with Forrest waiting at a bus stop on a bench. With every stranger that sits down, Forrest retells his unique life. Forrest has practically lived through every major historical event, which is what makes the film so popular and interesting. He's crossed paths of famous people, and his flashbacks tell the creation of well known ideas and products used today. He tells each stranger about the people in his life, and his experiences. He played football, served as a soldier in the Vietnam War, had a shrimping company, was a runner, and a lot more. He did a lot in his lifetime, despite his restricted life as a child that his mother had set. Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies. I love it for it's story line, and how innocent the character is as he often unintentionally inspires many inventions. Dimwitted with innocence, there are several sad moments in the film that Forrest fails to make the connection about what is happening around him. For example, Jenny, Forrest's playmate and whom he falls in love with, is a victim of child abuse. However, Forrest doesn't realize this. He always has an optimistic mind and attitude, even when insulted. His happiness is a tribute to his good heart, shown multiple times throughout the film. I think the whole message of this film is to live your life, and love it! Have integrity, be honorable, and honest. No matter what Forrest went through, he came out of it with a positive mindset. I think that's a great outlook to have on life. As for the technical side, this film is an example of excellent cinematography. The cinematography and the soundtrack helps create a strong connection between the audience and Forrest. Forrest Gump has a great story line and plot, amazing cinematography, and most importantly, a meaningful message. I highly suggest you watch Forrest Gump, you won't be disappointed! The movie is on Netflix, too. It's rated PG-13. Here's a trailer below.
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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