Monday, December 4, 2017

Film review by Olha Shkurlatovska

"Forrest Gump" is a 1994 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Forrest it is the main protagonist played by Tom Hanks. Raised in the 50s in rural Alabama by a single mother, Forrest, being "different", must fend for himself, struggling against not only perceived expectations but boyhood bullies. He is not stupid. Although his IQ is 75, he sees the world far clearer than most. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, opens a profitable shrimping business, decides to run back and forth across the country for several years and many other things. But the film ambles along over a deeper, darker layer: Forrest's love for his childhood girlfriend Jenny, who makes her own journey through the turbolence. This movie received a lot of accolades and encloses different morals. The most meaningful for me is that "Stupid is as stupid does."