I know I’m among the minority when I say this, but I hated the movie Forrest Gump. It is one of the only movies I have walked out of before it ended.
The entire movie is about things that happen to someone. Not just someone, either, but an idiot. I am mystified that this movie did so well, and on the other hand, it makes perfect sense that it was conceived, produced, and eventually adored in America. Isn’t that the new and improved American Dream? To have great stuff happen without really doing anything?
Forrest acts completely on whims and has no meaning or thought to anything he does. And he is celebrated for that. Celebrated and rewarded financially. The movie depicts a hero, and I think entertainment should strive for something better. I think it’s a terrible message to send to anyone, and I’m not speaking only about our youth. We can celebrate simplicity or the simple things without celebrating meaningless action based on nothing.
How much of the movie that the audience liked was that it made it okay to laugh at “slow” people. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say that “life is like a box of chocolates” line in a horrible approximation of his voice. Or the shrimp lines, or “Lieutenant Dan!”. Was part of the draw that the movie that it made us feel less guilty about laughing at people who are mentally challenged?
And the music. The over-rated and totally generic soundtrack. Don’t go there. They managed to pick the most popular song from each performer. The most overplayed songs. And then just some terrible songs. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head was in one of the greatest movies of all time (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), in a totally random scene that I’m convinced was thrown in because someone high up liked the song and really wanted it in there, and it was still terrible. It did not enhance Forrest Gump and the entire soundtrack was obviously put together with profit dollars in mind.
My distaste for this movie runs so deep that I think less of people who like it. Which is very trying because sometimes when I like someone, I try to keep Forrest Gump out of the equation. I can’t respect someone who enjoyed this movie.