English I-H, Period 5
4 May 2014
Forrest Gump Movie Review Essay
Often, hardships such as war, separation from the ones you love, terrorism, and bullying can bring your self esteem, motivation, and even personality down to a lower level. It can be difficult to stay strong and keep progressing with the many misfortunes that can occur. Likewise, Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump shows how the protagonist, Forrest Gump, deals with and reacts to all the adversity that happens in the society and in his family and friends as well. Forrest Gump is set in the 1950s-1980s in Forrest’s hometown, Greenbow, Alabama. Forrest Gump was a simple man who had an I.Q. of 75. He was always bullied by kids because he wore braces on his legs and was considered dumb. Fortunately, he was able to meet his best friend, Jenny, of whom they grew up together into adulthood. Forrest fell in love with Jenny and never stopped thinking about her even though she has taken many wrong turns in her life. Forrest decided to join the army to fight against Vietnam and along the way met a new friend called Bubba, who can’t stop talking about shrimp. Throughout his life, Forrest had achieved many medals, inspired people, and even got to meet the president several times, but in the end, his heart and mind always went to his childhood sweetheart, Jenny Curran. Despite lacking the true realities of life, Forrest Gump uses cutting-edge special effects in the plot with funny characters and its heroic protagonist to capture the viewers’ hearts.
To start off with, the true realities of some of the events that happened weren’t expressed clearly to show the viewers what the real experience should be. One example that demonstrates this is when Forrest goes to war in Vietnam to fight in the Vietnam War. During that time, it
mainly shows Forrest and Bubba wondering around their campsite while the other soldiers are relaxing and partying around. The movie shows minimum parts of soldiers training to fight even though it’s not the type of training you would expect to see. In real life, everyone would be more serious and worried about when they would be attacked and if they’ll survive. Instead, the tone of that part of the movie is more of an adventurous tone rather than a grave tone. In fact, the movie points out the beautiful features of Vietnam like its landscape and vegetation. War, as we all know, is very hectic and includes a lot of bloodshed, but Forrest Gump does not manage to show the hard reality of being at war. “The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait” (csmonitor.com par. 2).
Aside from that, the movie includes many cutting-edge special effects. For example, the movie takes Forrest Gump all around recent American history. With the help of special effects, Forrest was able to stand next to the...