Thursday, 13 June 2013

Forrest Gump Review (Updated)

Forrest Gump

Release Date: 17th November 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 141 minutes

Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $677,387,716

Plot Summary
Forrest Gump, while not
intelligent, has accidentally
been present at many
historic moments, but
his true love, Jenny eludes

Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
Robin Wright - Jenny Curran
Sally Field - Mrs. Gump
Gary Sinise - 2nd Lt. Dan Taylor
Mylketi Williamson - Benjamin
Buford "Bubba" Blue
Haley Joel Osment - Forrest
Gump, Jr

Director - Robert Zemeckis
Based on Novel - Winston
Screenplay - Eric Roth
Producers - Wendy Finerman,
Steve Syarkey & Steve Tisch
Co-Producer - Charles Newirth
Production Designer - Rick
Director of Photography - Don Burgess
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Film Editor - Arthur Schimdt
Music - Alan Silvestri


1995 Academy Awards
Best Actor - Tom Hanks (Won)
Best Director - Robert Zemeckis (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Ken Ralston,
George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum
& Allen Hall (Won)
Best Film Editing - Arthur Schimdt (Won)
Best Picture (Won)
Best Supporting Actor - Gary Sinise (Nominated)
Best Production Design - Rick Carter &
Nancy Hingh (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - Don Burgess (Nominated)
Best Sound Effects Editing - Gloria S. Borders
& Randy Thorn (Nominated)
Best Makeup - Daniel C. Striepeke, Hallie
D,Amore & Judith A. Cory (Nominated)
Best Original Score - Alan Silvestri
Best Sound - Randy Thorn, Tom Johnson,
Dennis S. Sands & William B. Kaplan (Nominated)

Hello, blog-viewers, this is Film Guru Lad and I'm here to show you a review that I like to talk about that most people considered to be the best movie of 1994, and no, we are not talking about THE LION KING (click here). I've already done that one and it's not the overly dramatic SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION or the R-rated violent thriller PULP FICTION....... have you guessed it yet, it's actually the pivotal FORREST GUMP. My interpretation of this film is it was supposed to feature a story with subtlety about an adventurous man going through a journey of self discovery. His adventure takes us through different unique life experiences such as experiencing Vietnam War, meeting JFK and his loving relationship with his love interest "Jenny".

This is just to name a few of the things that this film explores and I think that's why director Robert Zemeckis was trying to make Forrest into a memorable American character for a unforgettable picture and it definitely meets my expectations. This film is compiled together with famous well-written lines like the almost nonsensical and honoured first quote “Life is just a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, the innovative special effects of CGI for example, the scene where Forrest meets up with JFK is an entirely computer generated scene and Tom Hanks a fabulous actor who gives a generous performance. 

Evidently it appears this film uses ideas from other films which are BEING THERE and BORN ON THE FOURTH JULY and makes it clich├ęd. I don't honour FORREST GUMP as the greatest masterpiece as some movie-goers have labelled it, but it has definitely been a worthy film and I would recommend for everyone to rent it on Blu-ray/DVD or simultaneously watch it by the television channel or perhaps again if you already saw it first.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


  1. I found Forrest Gump surprising good, however I am not crazy about it as some are. I have not seen Lion King since I was a kid, although I am not a fan of Disney animated films.


    1. That's a big and interesting thing, I too wasn't a big fan of Disney and you forgot to mention about Pulp Fiction and I wasn't hoping you want to review it. I'm still in underage which I won't be allowed to see Quentin Taratino's movie or to write it down but good for you.