Ranking on IMDb Top 250: #37
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Tom Hanks and Robin Wright
Alright, folks, fair warning: It's been a busy week, and my general mood and sleep deprivation might make this blog post a little grumpier than I intend it. I'll start with my main contention, and you can decide if you want to keep reading: I don't like Forrest Gump. Still with me? Okay, here's why. Forrest Gump is a cop-out answer to the "What's your favorite movie?" question. It is an absolutely standard account of late 20th century American history that drops a character for whom I have little sympathy into events which the director gives me no reason to care about. People whose other favorite movies are Father of the Bride and Billy Madison think Forrest Gump is a deep, wonderful, moving film and well deserving of the "best ever" title, when in reality, it's just that it's the only relatively long, relatively serious movie they've ever seen. And chances are they only saw it in the first place because TNT, TBS, USA, and AMC have apparently signed a contract to make sure not one goddamn day passes that Forrest Gump is not on television. Even the supposed anchor of the film, Tom Hanks, does not give one of his better performances, and there was never a moment that his iconic line about the box of chocolates did not annoy me. Yes, I was a cynical five-year-old. Everything about this movie screams overrated Oscar bait, and the fact that this is the thirty-seventh greatest movie ever made according to IMDb users and, say, Precious and I Am Sam are nowhere near the list makes me scratch my head. The plot of Forrest Gump is familiar to anyone with a pulse, so I won't waste words or energy retelling it. In fact, I'm not going to get my blood pressure any higher by continuing to write about this movie at all. I'm sure I'll take lots of hate for this, but I don't think Forrest Gump is an interesting movie, and frankly, I'm happy to get it out of the way now so I don't have to write about it when I have the patience to praise its minimal strengths.
The Good: Sally Field is good in it, I guess. At least as good as she is in Mrs. Doubtfire.
The Bad: Probably the frustratingly good reputation it enjoys.
The Skinny: From #37 to off the list is a long way to fall...and I hope it breaks its legs when it lands.