Plot – The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart – Forrest Gump.
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Released – 1994
No matter what Tom Hanks does for the rest of his career and how many outstanding performances he may give, it will always be Forrest Gump he’s most fondly remembered for and it’s hard to imagine another actor who could have played this character with the level of charm and genuine affection. Cleverly weaving a path throughout so many iconic world events and diverse places, giving him the chance to meet everyone from Presidents to musicians and inspiring multiple movements along the way.
Director Robert Zemeckis also deserves immense credit for making such a breathtaking and exceptionally touching film, while his casting decisions and choice of music really help you get carried away in this outlandish story. Do I believe it’s a film that deserved so many Oscars? possibly not, but that doesn’t stop Forrest Gump from being one of the most iconic and quoted movies of the all-time.
If you liked: Benjamin Button, Green Book, Legends of the Fall