The Analysis of Forest Gump

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The Analysis of Forest Gump The 1990’s film phenomenon Forrest Gump is probably one of the most skeptical films of its time. Most critics have highly enjoyed this entertaining movie. Roger Ebert referred the film as a “magical movie”. Others such as Hal Hinson from the Washington Post called Forrest Gump “a real zero”. Nevertheless, the success of Forrest Gump out voices the critics, racking in millions of dollars. This comedy/drama has people of America falling in love with Tom Hanks’ brilliant performance of Forrest Gump and laughing through historical scenes that included great special effects and directing of Robert Zemeckis. There is no question why this heartwarming film won an Oscar for best picture of the year, but the real…show more content…
When Gump shakes (at the time) President Kennedy’s hand, Gump tells Kennedy, “I gotta pee.” Then it shows Kennedy laughing and talking as though this scene really took place. Another example is the disappearance of lutinent Dan’s legs after he survives the war. These altercations and surreal visuals allow the audience to become attached to the film. Critics like Ebert agree with the “magic that special effects can do.” When I looked at the foundation of this film from the directing to acting to special effects, I realized this film is not realistic, but creates a great surreal imagination and story. If a film can move an audience in the way it’s supposed to while watching it, then the film has done its job. Message or not, Forrest Gump is undeniably entertaining. I laughed when I was supposed to and cried when I was supposed to. Forrest Gump ultimately fulfills what many films try to do, it’s worth watching. Christina Rae Herrera English 1302 McMurray November 14, 2011 Work Cited Ebert, Roger. “Forrest Gump.” 20 Feb. 2011: Web. Hinson, Hal. “Forrest Gump, Our National Folk Zero.” Washington Post 14 Aug. 1994: Web. Klawans, Stuart. “Forrest Gump.” The Nation 8 Jan. 2009: Web. Skoble, Aeon J. “Forrest Gump: A Subversive Movie.” The Freeman 45.7 (1995).
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