Forrest Gump (1994) Week One

As this website begins developing a community of nostalgic film lovers, the first film review should be of Forrest Gump(1994), directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth.
Forrest Gump tells the story of a mentally challenged man and the different endeavors that this individual must face throughout his lifetime. Forrest must overcome these challenges throughout his journey of self-discovery. His journey of self-discovery also occurs during monumental events in American history from the 1950s to the 1990s.
I love this film and deeply connect to this cinematic masterpiece. The first time I saw Forrest Gump, I was eight years old and saw it with my grandmother. This was one of the first movies where I saw a neurodivergent man overcome various challenges to succeed. As an individual with learning disabilities, this was inspiring and has always allowed me to believe in myself. I can do anything because Forrest Gump was able to do so became my mantra whenever I faced a life challenge.
Forrest Gump is full of nostalgic elements throughout American history, such as the desegregation of schools across America, the Vietnam War, and various pop culture references from the 1950s to the 1990s. This action by the directors allows viewers to access the deep nostalgia associated with these eras.
Forrest Gump remains a classic film due to the high-level writing of Eli Roth and the brilliant performances by all the actors, especially Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. At the same time, some scenes, such as dubbing words over historical figures, may have lost some of the nostalgia. This film remains a true classic. Therefore, I would give Forrest Gump a 10 out of 10 film projector must-watch score.
I’d love to ask my audience what are some of your memories associated with Forrest Gump and what you think about this movie. I can’t wait to hear your responses.

  • The Nostalgia Film Critic
A movie poster of Forrest Gump (1994)
A movie poster featuring Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (1994).