Forrest Gump is a 1994 big screen adaptation of a 1985 novel by Winston Groom, the novel, the film and main character share the same name. The film was a huge commercial success earning approximately $677 million dollars worldwide and was the highest earning North American film of 1994. The film received 13 Academy award nominations, and won six of then including Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis) and Best Picture. Hanks and Zemeckis also won golden globe awards for the same categories.
Forrest Gump (Hanks) is a somewhat retarded but good-hearted Southern boy who grows up in Greenbow, Alabama. There’s not a drop of fraudulence, wickedness, or falsity in him, but unlike the nearly blank slate Chauncey Gardiner in “Being There,” Forrest has feelings, empathy, and a touch of wisdom. He also turns out to be quite an athlete. As he matures and grows older, he is witness to and participant in many of the great historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, moving from football hero to soldier in Vietnam, to world ping-pong champion and then shrimp boat captain and tycoon. The one steady thread is his true love, Jennifer “Jenny” Curran (Robin Wright), who’s too wild, sophisticated, and broken to settle down with Forrest.
Forrest Gump is a brilliant combination of drama and comedy, and the skill it uses in maintaining an even balance of both, not being primarily one or the other. Tom Hanks was absolutely brilliant as Forrest, and was 100% deserving of his Academy award, despite facing stiff opposition from Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) and John Travolta (Pulp Fiction). Gary Sinise was unlucky not to take home best supporting actor as he was gave a very powerful performance in this film.
Forrest Gump is a great entertaining modern classic and will be loved and highly regarded for many generations.