Even you, no matter how much of a schlump you are, can succeed
(have succeeded?) in your life. It's nice to know in the
nineties. A not-very-deep film with a message. In any case,
it's an enjoyable evening that doesn't even let you notice that
the film lasts 2 1/2 hours. We laugh, we cry, we empathize: all
in all, we're glad to feel like ourselves and realize that
underneath it all, we're only human.
Unfortunately, most of the sympathetic viewers will continue on
their daily routine the next day the same way they always have:
unchanged. No points for social rehabilitation.
Superb points for Tom Hanks who proves that you don't have to be
smart to be...............what was I gonna say?), to Gary Sunise
for what will probably prove to be a Best Supporting Actor Oscar
role, to FX for the amazing images of Sunise as the legless vet,
to FX for the fantastic feather, and even to director Robert
Zemeckis who, despite the fact that any potential social impact
loses out to post-war baby boom nostalgia, once again delights us
with a modern classic.
The film has, not unexpectedly, managed to capture six Oscars®, so
it'll still be running for a while (like Forrest). And the sale
of associated merchandise goes on. (Gump chocolates, Gump books
of philosophy, etc. -- I can hardly wait for the leg braces!)
A DON'T MISS
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