Forrest turns 25, and life’s like a box of chocolates.
If anyone asks me how is the IMAX experience of Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump,” I will not hesitate to say: “I don’t care if I have to watch it on a Black-and-White television set or a portable DVD player. I care about how big of a miracle the movie is.”
“Forrest Gump” may be the best movie Robert Zemeckis has ever made, even better than “Back to the Future” or “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” This movie introduces us to a character we will always cherish. That character is none other than Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks plays that character in many indescribable ways, including two memorable quotes: “My mama always said: “Life’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” and “My mama always said: “Stupid is as stupid does.” These two quotes are exceedingly inspiring.
The movie starts off in 1982 with Gump, a mentally disabled man, waiting at the bus stop, telling many strangers about his life story. How he fell in love with Jenny (Robin Wright), how he took his mother’s (Sally Field) lessons in life, how he fought in the Vietnam War, how he met the US Presidents (with the miracle of special effects), how he became the greatest runner and ping-pong player, and how he created “Bubba Gump Shrimp,” which has become the famous chain restaurant we know and love.
We are also introduced to Bubba Blue (Mykelti Williamson), who decides to go in the “Bubba Gump Shrimp” business with Gump, before he gets killed in the Vietnam War. And also, there’s Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise), who would have died with honor in the war if Gump hadn’t saved him. With Bubba dead, he ends up joining Gump on the famous shrimp journey.
“Forrest Gump,” based on the novel by Winston Groom, is a movie makes me smile, makes me sad, and then makes me smile again. It is a movie in which I find a difficult time believing that anyone could be critical of this movie. Lots of credit goes to Hanks, Wright, Williamson, Sinise, Field, Groom, Eric Roth (who wrote screenplay), and Zemeckis. All of these people are part of a landmark of a movie, a movie that deserves to be seen by everyone, young and old.
Playing at select locations this Sunday and Tuesday.