A simple man from Alabama is accidentally present at many
historical events, while he repeatedly tries to find his true love, Jenny.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Written by Eric Roth
Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise,
Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Joel Osment
Based on the novel by Winston Groom
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks),
Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay,
Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Makeup, Best Original Score (Alan Silvestri)
In an Oscar year featuring some of the most incredible films of all time, it was this little story about a simple goodhearted man named Forrest Gump that took the top prize in 1994. This film defeated both Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption that year, and while I don't think it surpasses either one of them, Forrest Gump is still a very entertaining and timeless modern classic that has aged remarkably well. Thanks to a fantastic performance from Tom Hanks, this film has since become synonymous with his and Robert Zemeckis's names. Forrest Gump is definitely a showcase for outstanding performances and visual effects, which it proved by taking Best Actor and the visual effects prize as well as Best Picture.
Without Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump never would've become the film that is adored across generations for its message of love and hope. He delivers one of his greatest and most sensitive performances and help brings to life a character that is impossible not to love. Robin Wright does great as Jenny, even if her character is selfish and difficult not to hate by the end of the film. My personal favorite of the film is Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Sinise does a phenomenal job of showing Lieutenant Dan's hatred of life as well as his eventual lust for it. Lieutenant Dan has since become a fictional icon of the military that embodies hope and perseverance, thanks to Sinise's fantastic performance.
The most incredible thing about this film is how Zemeckis incorporates Forrest into the background of actual newsreel footage from history, such as having him speak to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. After all these years, those scenes still look real and stand out as some of the best CGI of the 90's, an era where they were still working all the kinks out. I'm glad that Forrest Gump has held up these past 22 years. It remains one of the best films of the 90's, even if it didn't deserve to win Best Picture over two other perfect films. Despite that, this film would've deserved the win in any other year. It's an entertaining and uplifting movie that everybody should see at least once.