In the early stages of the television and film industry, critics argued that the industry won’t be a success. Many claimed that people won’t want to stare at a screen all day, mindlessly. But man, oh, man were they wrong. Little did the past know what the future held for this soon booming industry. They’d have their foots in their mouths before they finished their sentences.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love movies. I can, and probably will, go on for hours on how movies can pack so many intended emotions into a couple of hours. It’s entirely fascinating how this industry is a giant piece of art! The visual aids and audio aids that are combined in the film industry feeds more than itself in the art world. It feeds the mouths and souls of musicians and actors a like, along with writers and make up and design artist. The films industry is like a giant art food pyramid with all food groups in it. It’s a well-balanced diet of creativity and innovation. Movies capture time periods and tales and put them in little mobile disk. The perfect example of movies being a time capsule is, hands down, Tom Hank’s Forrest Gump.
In this classic film our hero Forrest starts telling his life story, from when he was a young crippled boy, to when he played football for the University of Alabama, to his time spent in Vietnam, and his many years serving our country while playing ping pong. The film shares the exciting adventures, all while telling the upsetting underlining love story between him and the sad little girl who grew up in the abusive house down the road. The film brings to light many upsettingly true events that take place in the almost decade long time line, prominently taking place in the 80’s. Full of brilliantly heart breaking one-liners, you feel the sorrow and heavy hearts of the late 70s and early 80s, and you cry and laugh and fall in love. A life time of emotions has been compressed into a few hours, and it’s probably the best thing in the world.
The exposure of the drug and party life of the 80’s that’s displayed in this film is so accurate it shakes the audience to the core. With the narration painted with simplicity, the sobering lines breaks down your heart.
The scene where Forrest is finishing and interview with John Lennon, he expresses his mild admiration for the man, then finishing the scene “A week later someone shot that nice man, when he was on his way to see his little boy.”
The exposure on how poorly our Vietnam vets were treated is painted so provocatively, that reality of the fact is too hard to ignore. LT. Dan’s pessimistic view on the world post-war is less than a hop and skip away from the honest truth to how our brave vets were treated. But every good story needs a happy ending, and our beloved sailor Dan found Jesus, and made an agreement with God.
Films that are so creative and sobering that tells the truth of our society. Forrest Gump is the prime example of how movies the almost opposite of a vast wasteland. This film is a reminder that we can’t forget our history and stories, no matter how sad or nasty they are. The ball and chain of our history is that sometimes our stories suck, but in the end we must move on.
The compassion and character traits audiences find in this film gives everyone faith in humanity, and reassures us that there is good in the world.