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Over the course of time, movies have evolved and become much more than just a series of pictures. While movies may be defined as a series of motion pictures, great movies are works of art that stir the emotions of the audience, teach us life lessons, and affect mass culture. While every great movie has its own lessons and values, Forrest Gump is a movie which I believe, should be seen by everyone.Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film accomplishes the feat of successfully absorbing the audience emotionally into the movie through its strong cast performance and script, as well as by creating several universal messages about friendship, love, and fate.

Taking place from the 1950s to 1981, the events undergone by the mentally slow Forrest Gump produce emotional moments that sting the hearts of the audience. Growing up with a learning disability during the Cold War, Forrest’s experiences with friendship, unconditional love, hate, and death as well as his reactions to dealing with these issues, generates relatability towards a wider spectrum of people in the audience. Joy and bliss are seen through Forrest’s stories of growing up with his childhood friend, Jenny, to his discovery of becoming a father, while sorrow and grief are experienced as well, from helping Jenny deal with sexual abuse by her father, to overcoming the loss of loved ones.

While not knowing very much, Forrest’s simple thinking brings about a unique way of dealing with these life events. For instance, during the scene in which Jenny and Forrest return to Jenny’s abusive father’s old farmhouse, Jenny, out of frustration, begins to toss rocks at the abandoned building, until she stops and cries, and Forrest realizes that, “sometimes, there just aren’t enough rocks” to throw. While Forrest’s IQ may be lower than the common person, he is able to realize something that typically takes someone’s entire life to comprehend; that no matter how much pain one experiences in the past, attacking the past cannot always heal old wounds. Instead, one should seek empathy from loved ones willing to share his or her pain. Overall, the plot of Forrest Gump tackles common, personal situations experienced globally by many.

More than just a story told by motion pictures, Forrest Gump is a series of universal messages regarding the stages of life. Over the course of 142 minutes, Forrest Gump’s life is portrayed. Yet with such limited time, this movie is able to teach the audience of how to deal with many different scenarios and life events. Friendship and love are common themes expressed within the film. Forrest’s friendship and unconditional love in the movie helps show that one does not need a high IQ for love and friendship, but instead, only needs a warm heart and openness for others.

The idea of fate and destiny is also seen, as somehow, every minute action Forrest commits eventually leads to major changes in both his life, and the shape of American history. While he may have been seen as having a below normal intellect, Forrest went on to achieve great things in his life, such as obtaining a football scholarship to college, obtaining a medal of honor, and even becoming a millionaire. These outcomes are all due to the fact that Forrest followed his mother’s saying; “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Having agreed to every opportunity thrown at him, Forrest did not follow his believed to be predestined fate of achieving nothing due to his intelligence, but instead created a fate of his own, picked by his hands.

Overall, the reason as to why I chose Forrest Gump as the movie to be seen by everyone around the world, is due to its high concentration of emotion, as well as for its universal messages which are still highly relevant over 20 years later. Forrest Gump differs from any other film, as not only does it provide a source of entertainment, but it reteaches us the basis of humanity and altruism.

 

 

 

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