Analysis Of The Movie ' Forrest Gump '

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Forrest Gump tells the story of a man, who while slightly mentally and physically challenged, is to lead a life full of experiences and wonderment. The audience is teleported to the 1960’s American South and around the globe as they follow Forrest on this journey. By using historical footage, he is placed in seemingly recorded events. The simple love story is interwoven with the upheavals of the Vietnam era, the violent war sequences and solitude he requires to make sense of his changing life. The 1994 film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, works brilliantly on many fronts. The casting of Tom Hanks in the title role and the supporting actors including Sally Fields as Mrs. Gump and Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan, all work very well together. But it is the unrequited love between Forrest and Jenny, played by Robin Wright, that is the central narrative of the movie. While events would pull them apart, their relationship was a key to the film’s success. The rich and timely musical score includes some of the iconic songs of the period such as Blowin’ in the Wind by Joan Baez, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynard and Simon and Garfunkel’s, Mrs. Robinson. The power and emotional connection between the action on screen and the music score works wonderfully on this movie. As the movie opens, we meet Forrest and Jenny as they board the elementary bus to school. She is very pretty with straight blond hair while Forrest is awkward and struggling to walk while in heavy metal leg

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