The comedy/drama movie “Forrest Gump” (Tom Hanks) tells Forrest’s life story. When Forest was a young boy in Alabama he had to wear leg braces to straighten his spine out. Forrest was also mentally slow, but her never thought of himself that way. Forrest was optimistic in everything he did. Forrest inspired many with this optimism and his ability to just run. Forrest became a football star, a vietnam war hero, where he met two of his closest friends Bubba (Mykelti Williamson) and Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), and a shrimp boat captain. All of these accomplishments were great for Forrest but the one accomplishment Forest wants is to save his troubled love Jenny (Robin Wright) .
Forrest meets Jenny on the first day of school, because he is different than all of the other children they refused to allow Forrest to sit with them on the school bus. Jenny did not mind that he was different so she lets Forrest sit with her, which becomes the beginning of a love affair with Forrest and Jenny.
After watching the closeness of Forrest and Jenny when they were little kids, and then seeing how protective Forrest is of Jenny when they are adults we instantly want to know if Jenny and Forrest will end up together through all the chaos and hoops they have jumped through. No matter how many times Jenny fought against Forrest in his efforts to be her man, to protect her she always pushed him away. We want to know if Forrest and Jenny will come together in the end so that Forrest will get his happy ending with Jenny.
“Forrest Gump” is a mixture of many different genres, because we see more than one storyline going on within his lifetime. This movie is definitely a romance between Jenny and Forrest, but it is also a comedy because we get many laughs from the goofiness of Forrest and our other supporting characters. When Forrest goes off to fight in the Vietnam War we see lots of action with the exploding bombs and the soldier combat. This is also narrative of his life that he tells from a bus bench to the many individuals that accompany him while waiting for the bus.
The story of Forrest Gump is both entertaining but has multiple deeper meanings beneath its surface. Forrest Gump will keep you engaged and laughing all the way through but also teach you a life lesson or two. Forrest tells us in the beginning of the story “Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get” – (Forrest Gump (July 6th, 1994)).
This means expect the unexpected. When Jenny refuses to marry Forrest the first time he asked we can learn a couple lessons with the way he deals with it. Forrest told Jenny ” I’m not a smart man but I know what love is” – (Forrest Gump (July 6th, 1994)). Which teaches us to always believe in love. When Jenny was gone the next morning instead of getting angry Forrest decided to just go out and do what he did best, run. By doing this Forrest teaches us to put the past behind us and to just keep on going.
Forrest Gump was an amazing story that definitely deserves the awards given. The story of one man with limitations is able to break past these limits and achieve so much more than the average man could imagine. Within two hours you are able to be taught so many lessons that can guide you through your whole life. The story is very unique which would make it like no other. The movie is also able to span over a large period of time within those couple hours. Tom Hanks did exceptional acting as Forrest Gump, Tom was really able to portray who the character was and no other would have been more fit for such a role.
The movie “Forrest Gump” is a little different than most movies because it has more than one storyline to it but generally the movie does follow the Freytag story Pyramid. The inciting incident started with Jenny allowing Forrest to sit with her on the bus and everything going on from there to Forrest finding out about his son and Jenny asking Forrest to marry is the rising action because Forrest becoming a father and husband would be the climax. The resolution is when Forrest is waiting for the bus with Forrest.
Forrest Gump fits into Blake Snyder’s plot analysis as well. Forrest Gump would be the Fool Triumphant genre. Forrest Gump started out being seen as nothing more than the town idiot but he proved to be much more and able to achieve more than ever. When Forrest completes all of these achievements he becomes a surprising inspiration for everyone in the town.
I would characterize Forrest Gump as the literary hero, the romantic hero because Forrest you would say was rejected by society because of how mentally slow he was and the leg braces he had to wear as a child. Forrest was considered simply the town idiot, until his hidden talents were revealed. These hidden talents ended up with Forrest becoming a great inspiration for his town and even his country.
Forrest Gump became a dynamic character because of his mentality that you will never know until you try and along with his simplicity to life. Forrest was able to change to an overachiever that did more than any human could imagine. Forrest started out as just an idiot that had a disability and changed into; a football star, a vietnam veteran, a ping pong champion, and a millionaire shrimp boat captain, and an inspirational runner.
There were many different types of characters in this movie. Bubba is a flat character he was a simple character that never really changed throughout the story. Jenny was quite the opposite she was a extremely complicated character and only seemed to get more complicated throughout the story. Lieutenant Dan I would call a dynamic character because he went through changes during the story even though he stayed generally the same the most of the movie. Forrest Gump’s mother was a static character that stayed the same the entire story, she was the same sweet inspirational woman in the beginning and the end.
There were two aspects in this story that really stood out to me. The plot of the story stood out to be greatly because it was different and unique. The set up of the story was entirely unique. Seeing how things changed with the characters and society during the story was really interesting. Watching the point of view of Forrest Gump change was so cool to see. The little lessons that were placed all throughout storyline was eye opening. The story had a unique but effective way showing these different life lessons.
The main conflict in the story was between Forrest and Jenny because Forrest wants to love Jenny but for a long time Jenny wants to be nothing more than friends with Jenny. Forrest wants to protect Jenny from all the dangers that befall her but Jenny does not really want Forrest to protect her. Even though Forrest does not consider the physical mental limitations of himself I think that it is part of the conflict because he was excluded from the rest in the beginning because of his low IQ and leg braces. Forrest also has to deal with the conflict of all of those that he loved most dying one after another (Mother, Bubba, and Jenny).
The strongest points of the story are when Forrest is doing the most inspirational things and doing the going past expectations, such as when he ran across America multiple times only stopping for food, and when he repeatedly ran back into the zone of fire in order to save Bubba but saved several other soldier while trying to do so. The worst points I think would be watching Jenny deal with her abusive past and the struggling life she ended up with. The best moment though, was when Jenny and Forrest were together as a family with their son Forrest.
The story was extremely successful in making me laugh and pulling at my heartstrings, but also blowing my mind. This is a great a movie for adults and teens that I would give a grade A because I do not think I could make the story any better. – Caitlyn Hamrick