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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tribute to Forrest Gump

A brilliant story of a supposedly "average joe," that provides a snapshot of the modern history of the United States, Forrest Gump is truly a timeless classic. The first time I saw this movie, I immediately fell in love with the main character, the story as it incorporated major historical events into the plot in a comic fashion, the subtle nuances of human bonds and relationships that effortlessly withstand the tests of time, and the wonderfully arranged soundtrack that boasts some the biggest hits of the 1960's and '70's. Add to this some exceptional acting by Tom Hanks, Robin Wright-Penn, Sally Field, Gary Sinise and the rest of the talented cast, and this picture had "Oscar" written all over it. I have loved this movie since the first time that I saw it, and I can watch it another couple of hundred of times.

Speaking of watching this movie again, I happened to catch it on TV the other day and once again I found myself riveted to the tube. This time around, I seem to have been paying particular attention to the lifelong relationship that Forrest and Jenny share, and to me, it's a very special kind of bond that these two characters share. In spite of the numerous separations and the individual lives that they end up leading, they are truly inseparable; their destinies are intertwined. And, as much of a pragmatic, cynical realist as I consider myself, the undying love that Forrest has for Jenny always makes my eyes well up. The simple beauty, or the beauteous simplicity of Forrest's love shows up every time his path crosses hers; when he goes to her dorm and saves her from the guy she's seeing at the time, when he goes to see her onstage rendition of Joan Baez and he saves her from the raucous marines, or when she's with the abusive boyfriend who's in cahoots with the Black Panthers. Even when she shows up at his doorstep, he welcomes her with open arms and proceeds to ask her if she'll marry him. He thinks of her when she's not around, and his world comes alive when he's with her. That, to me, is a beautiful story of love. Love, that goes beyond any definition or expression any human being can give it. That's what I want in my life, as cold-hearted and grave as I can be at times.

This depiction of this pure emotion is as close to perfect as it can possibly be. And this is one of the reasons that I like this movie. Each time I watch it, I find something else that I missed the time before. A must-see if you haven't seen it before.
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