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Forrest Gump | A Film Criticism Class in English

Published on January 29th, 2017 | Last updated on April 21st, 2024 by | Category: Learn English with Films Online | 2 Comments on Forrest Gump | A Film Criticism Class in English | 131 Views | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Forrest Gump | A Film Criticism Class in English

Forrest Gump | A Film Criticism Class in English 

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Film Specifications

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Production Year: 1994
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Plot Summary

The movie Forrest Gump follows the life events of a man who shares the name as the title of the film. Gump faces many tribulations throughout his life, but he never lets any of them interfere with his happiness. From wearing braces on his legs, to having a below average IQ and even being shot, Gump continues to believe that good things will happen and goes after his dreams.

While several less than ideal things occur during Gump’s life, he manages to turn each setback into something good for him, such as when he finally gets his braces off he discovers that he is capable of running faster than most other people. This skill allows Gump to not only escape his bullies while he is a child in Greenbow, but also to gain a football scholarship, save many soldiers’ lives and become famous for his ability.

While Gump eventually achieves the majority of the things he hoped to throughout the movie, it proved a much more difficult task to win the heart of his life-long friend Jenny Curran. The movie is centered on Forrest Gump and the incidences that occur during his life, but during each period in his lifetime he thinks back of Jenny and how important she is to him.

Although the two characters grew up together and shared a very close friendship, as the movie progresses they grow apart. This upsets Gump who cares immensely for the girl who had a rough start in life, and it seems the two always end up back in each other’s lives, often in extraordinary ways like meeting in the Reflection Pond in D.C. Even though Gump is the main character of the film, it similarly tells the story of Curran and the hardships she faces.

2 comments on “Forrest Gump | A Film Criticism Class in English”

  1. I’ve watched Forrest Gump several times and I can still watch it several times more and it would feel like the first time. I really liked Forrest’s personality and character. It is not what you see often. He was not certainly smart but somehow he could overcome anything. It is a drama-comedy movie and I found some parts of it very funny.
    The movie consists of many beautiful quotes but the one that I don’t forget is when Lieutenant Dan is sitting on the edge/deck of the ship and says to Forrest: I never thanked you for saving my life.
    The movie also won several academy awards which I think was well deserved.

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