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"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. 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. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy, who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest's mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.
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Second, the cast. Tom hanks would win his second oscar for playing the title character and he deserved it(this is my favorite Tom Hanks movie). But the supporting cast is full of movie greats like Sally Field and Robin Wright, accompanied by some actors that are now household names, but at the time of this movie were just becoming known, specifically Gary Sinise who should have won awards for best supporting actor. Robin Wright plays Jenny in this film and is such a sympathetic character that you grieve for her moment and then grieve with her the next.
This movie won't fit into any genre, one moment it's comedy the next it's drama. It's just fantastic, it is easily in the top 5 movies of the 90s, maybe the best. I think it will be one of the films 100 years from now, people will still want to watch and walk away thankful they spent the time to watch it.
It is the kind of movie that kids should see, even though some of the subjects it deals with are stark. Like child abuse, death, disability, retardation, war, drugs, sex outside of marriage, HIV.... It also deals with ideas that surmount the evils; which is why it IS important for children to see. How to make the most of what you are. How to keep trying when you want to give up. How to set goals. How to be positive. And so much more.
I'm not going to give a book report for you guys and go into details about the plot, not only do I personally hate reviews that do that, but in this case I find it hard to believe that anyone reading this isn't already familiar with the plot. But I will say the blu ray transfer is fantastic. Now I'm no expert on picture quality, so there could be some fine details that the videophiles are always talking about that I don't notice. But just using the "eye test" I didn't regret my purchase in the least. I had just bought the samsung js8500 4k suhd tv before watching this, so I'm not comparing it directly with the same hardware I watched the dvd on, but I think that watching on a superior tv would reveal more flaws if they were there, and I didn't notice any. The sound transfer also sounded great, albeit not on the greatest sound system. I'm using the vizio 5.1 wireless soundbar setup.
If you haven seen this movie yet and you're older than 16, then you have no excuse and I really don't know what to say to you. If you're just wondering if this transfer is worth your money, I'd have to answer with a resounding yes. Hope this helps.