Directed by Robert Zemeckis
This is one of those films that literally everyone is expected to adore. Consequently, I have now seen it quite a few times. I really hope I never have to watch it again, but I have a feeling that's an impossible dream.
Forrest is a slow-witted but kind Southern man, who witnesses, and sometimes participates, the most significant events of the second half of the 20th century. Through all his successes and misadventures, he remains thoroughly devoted to his childhood crush Jenny. Jenny, however, is following her own path (i.e. free love and anti war movements).
So why do most people love this movie? I suppose Forrest is lovable in a Prince Myshkin-esque way and there is no denying that Tom Hanks is a talented actor. I still feel like Forrest is a politician's fantasy about what the typical American should have been during the 60s and 70s: loyal, naive, and kind of stupid. Ultimately, these traits lead Forrest to triumph, garnering fame and fortune. Meanwhile, Jenny, who chose a more offbeat track...well, no spoilers. Suffice to say she doesn't do as well. The whole thing felt like a misguided, patriotic parable. Maybe I am reading into it too much, but the entire film just rubbed me the wrong way.
In any case, I also think it is too long and just plain cheesy at times. I mean, the white feather? Let's take it down a notch. This isn't American Beauty.
Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Chevy Chase all turned down the role of Forrest.
The Vietnam scenes were shot in South Carolina.