“Forrest Gump” is still one of those land mine movies. People step into it, because it was hidden in the middle of something non-threatening. Then, everything happens. Now seen as a baby boomer friendly profile of the average voter, Forrest Gump is designed to make you feel good. Even the source novel had some biting satire and edgy commentary. When translated to film, it became probably the safest thing releases in the last 25 years. How did that happen?

A lot of that falls on the shoulders of director Robert Zemeckis. It’s easy to miss what Zemeckis did, but let’s strip it down. Forrest Gump is a film about a mentally disabled man out-achieving 99% of the United States over 141 minutes. From there, Gump intersects only with touchstones important to white Baby Boomers. Anytime a minority shows up, Gump becomes the enabling force that gets them attention from the country.

What’s even more damning is the Washington DC protest near the middle of the film. Gump finally gets a chance to say something important and define his life view, but someone kills the microphone. It’s weird to see a movie betray its intentions so blatantly, but it always stuck with me. Forrest Gump isn’t about anything, but it doesn’t give a damn. Given the nature of our modern era, I kinda appreciate the callousness of the film.

Not every film is going to reinvent the wheel, but I’d like some effort. Still, it’s a cultural touchstone that turns to more and more unintentional comedy as the years pass.


  • Commentaries
  • Featurettes
  • Screen Tests


  • 2.35:1 2160p transfer
  • Dolby Atmos


  • 100%
    Video - 100%
  • 99%
    Audio - 99%
  • 97%
    Special Features - 97%
  • 93%
    Film Score - 93%

The Plot Thus Far

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

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