By: The Dweeb
Here we have another standout feature film delivered by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks, oh, and chalk up a few Oscars while you are at it. This is simply an amazing film, which has left its permanent mark on our national pop culture radars. Everyone knows that “Stupid is a stupid does”. The phrase “Life is like a box of chocolates” has been so overused its become its own parody. The original message and intent has been lost in the sea of clichés.
I went back and recently watched this film again, which tries to give us an attempted answer to the meaning of life. Do we follow a prescripted destiny or do we blow with the wind where ever it will take us. Gump seemed to answer it as best as he could at the end of the film. Its a bit of both, make your life how you want to make it. This is one of them rare films that makes you stop and think and contemplate your existence, at least it did for me.
This is not only a groundbreaking film in terms of writing, but in other areas as well, especially in the realm of digital effects. Audiences saw one of the earliest films to venture into uncharted territory by seamlessly manipulating digitally what we saw on film. A lot the skies were computer generated, sticking Tom Hanks into archival footage, or removing the legs of Gary Sinise was quite amazing. Watching it last weekend, most of the effects hold up well to its modern equivalents. Although now I do notice that the missing legs scenes seem a bit awkward.
Forrest Gump has a large pile of Oscar statues from 1995, and almost no one walked away without one. Tom Hanks did an amazing transformation into the character of Forrest, he is definitely one of the best actors to ever grace the screen. Some people may say he’s overrated, but give some credit where credit is due. This guy has been nominated 5 times already, with more to come I’m sure.
The transfer to DVD is excellent, as it should be. The picture and sound is good, but the image can be grainy at some points. I especially like the music intertwined throughout the film, as history progresses we get a musical history lesson as well. The best example is the Viet Nam sequence, music is mixed in with sound effects from combat, which paints a nice panorama of sound for the ears.
This is a 2 disc set, the other of which contains all the extras. There is a nice in dept look documentary about the film, and a whole section of featurettes about the making of the movie. I liked the screen tests section myself, I didn’t remember that Haley Joel Osment is in this film. Also included is the all the usuals, from trailers to photos etc. Lots of good stuff to look through.
I definitely am glad this is part of my DVD collection, it’s already a classic.