Forrest Gump Film Review English Essay

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Forrest Gump- Film Review
Oscar winning, tear jerker of a comedy ‘Forest Gump’ is both magical and passionate; a film to replenish your energy and refresh your outlook on life entirely. A film that shows morally dubious material transformed through ‘Robert Zemeckis’ shrewdness and technical skills into a truly unique and poetic American Comedy, and with such phenomenon commercial success suggesting hearts were touched worldwide. The hero of the film; A mentally handicapped man (Tom Hanks), but one blessed with innate decency and amazing courage. Forrest may be simple, but his heart is definitely in the right place. ‘Forrest Gump’ implies that we can all be just as good and patriotic as Forrest, if only we had that courage to be simple and
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We follow Forrest from the beginning, his childhood in the 1950s through the 1980s; along the way, he becomes a celebrity in his own right several times over, however no one remembers him from one instance to the next. A classic, and one that stands out from the rest within the new phenomenon of films regarding disabilities that came about in the 90’s. As Forrest Gump was released in 1994 among other films of the genre such as Rain Man, Freaks, Million dollar baby and I am Sam. Released just a year previous to Forrest Gump were two more box office hits that revolve around a disabled character Benny and Joon and What’s eating Gilbert Grape, both Johnny Deep films who like Hanks is an actor of amazing ability called upon time after time to play the venerable.
As media is an important part of everyday life, holding a major influence over society the vitality of disabilities portrayal increases. Media representation of disabled people has not always been a positive one, adding discrimination of disabled people and creating underpinning use of disabled stereotypes such as that all disabled people possess an extraordinary talent that makes up for their disability (Rain Man), or that death is preferable (Million Dollar Baby). It’s refreshing to see a film that is able to handle such a diverse topic in such a brilliant way and mix humor in the process.
‘Forrest Gump’ is so much so an accomplished feat of the ‘cyber cinema’ that it makes

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