Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1994. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom. Cinematography by Don Burgess. Produced by Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Rick Carter. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston. Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt. Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994. National Board of Review Awards 1994.
Tom Hanks stars as a charming simpleton who manages to experience all the important events of the last half of the twentieth century without even realizing it: meeting Elvis and teaching him how to swing his hips, getting involved in the Vietnam war, becoming a ping-pong champion (that’s important?) and even starting the ‘Shit Happens’ logo trend (ditto). This is not all that significant to him, though; he’s looking to make a life with his lady-love (Robin Wright), a free spirit young woman who can never stay still long enough for Forrest to love her. Robert Zemeckis’ epic film is incredibly funny and even features a few touching moments, but for the most part it is racked up in its own self-importance and more often than not gets a bit too gooey for its own good. Sally Field is the best aspect of the film as Forrest’s loving mother, one who is willing to do anything for her son to get a fair crack at life.