1994 ***** 142 mins.
Growing up, I absolutely adored this film. As my taste in film matured, though, I kind of shied away from it. After watching it again, my first thought was, "I'm so sorry, Forrest, for ever doubting you." This truly is one of the greatest films of all time. It's magical, fun, wonderfuly executed, and is very original. There are a lot of subtleties in the film that I never picked up when I was young. I mean, I always knew that the film was showing us the world through the eyes of a man who didn't really understand everything he was seeing, but I never really got it, if you understand what I mean. All the little things I thought were hokey and cheesy, I realized are meant to be seen that way because while watching the film, we, as a viewer, are Forrest himself. It's kind of like Being John Malkovich: for two hours and twenty-two minutes, we are magically transported into someone else's head. Only, we get to enjoy it from the cozy confines of our living room couch. A true work of art.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision/VistaVision - Special Effects)
Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality, and war violence.
Based on the Novel by