Forrest Gump Analysis

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The 1960s in the United States of America was defined by the conflict between the Vietnam War effort and the counterculture that emerged in opposition to the war. Robert Zemeckis’ film Forrest Gump explores this conflict, where the film’s protagonist, Forrest, represents a patriotic, glorious and heroic Vietnam War experience for soldiers, while also highlighting the devastation that war caused through the character of Lieutenant Dan. Contrasting to the somewhat glowing representation of the war is the 1960’s counterculture that formed as a result of the war, which depicts the unstable and destructive nature of the cultural movement in America at this time, thus providing insights into the social and political landscape of America in the 1960’s.

The film ‘Forrest Gump’ presents vision of the Vietnam War as one characterised by excitement and glory. The film ‘Forrest Gump’ presents vision of the Vietnam War as one characterised by excitement and glory. The film Forrest Gump uses non-diegetic rock music in the landing scene of the platoon in Vietnam. This establishes the film by presenting a ‘laid back’ vide that reflects the excitement of the Vietnam War. The close up shot of the beer cans as Buba and Forrest enter the campsite conveys the life of the platoon as one that isn’t as serious. The soldiers will let their hair down every once and a while. The mise én scene of the barbeque, playing cards and dancing illustrates the relaxed environment of the platoon and

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