Friday, September 9, 2011
"Forrest Gump" 1994
Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
I bet against Tom in the Oscar pool for “Forrest Gump” because as amazing as he was in the movie I didn’t think he’d pull off a twofer. I voted for Morgan Freeman, who was also amazing in “Shawshank Redemption”. But then John Travolta and Paul Newman were also in the mix, so I didn’t see any choice as a lock.
But he gave another great speech and took home the award. I hear he keeps it in his bathroom so people can make their own Oscar speech in the mirror when visiting the facilities.
Tom Hanks is incredible. The supporting cast is also fantastic.
Gary Sinise is brilliant and tragic as Lt. Dan. This is the first movie I remember him in. He has gone on to do great things.
Robin Wright is subtle and beautiful as Jenny. I love watching her story unfold with Forrest’s naïve view of her sixties and seventies experiences. It is her words that saves his life in Vietnam.
Jenny Curran: Run, Forrest! Run!
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I'm sick.
Forrest Gump: Do you have a cough due to cold?
Mykelti Williamson is great as Bubba, Forrest’s best good friend.
And Sally Field. She played Tom Hank’s love interest in “Punchline” but she is great as Mama Gump. The scene where she does “whatever it takes” to get Forrest in school is hilarious. I like Sally. I really really like her.
Principal: [Forrest remains quiet] You don't say much do you?
Young Forrest Gump: [imitates the noises he has just heard] eh, eh, eh, eh, eh...
A lot happens in this movie. It is great to see the technology where Forrest comes in contact with icons of the latter half of the 20th century. He inspires trends and is followed across the country because he felt like running. But it is the people that Forrest loves that make this movie special.
My favorite scene, Tom Hanks Oscar winning scene is when Jenny tells him about little Forrest. Through the whole movie he’s been defended and protected when anyone calls him stupid. But at that moment, looking at his son, his face goes through all the emotions.
He can barely choke out the question.
Jenny Curran: He’s smart, one of the smartest in his class.
That is how it is done.