For years, ever since we got married, it has surprised me that the Honey Bee hasn’t seen one of the best movies ever made-Forrest Gump. So last week, I made her sit and watch the whole two and a half hours of it. She got a little antsy around the 2 hour mark, but she hung in there for the most part. Over the last few years I have come to discover that the only way to get her to sit still for a long movie is by watching it in the movie theater or in an airplane.
As expected, she liked it. Maybe not as much as I did, but that’s understandable. Tom Hanks’ performance was spectacular as always (and in line with my earlier post about him). But apart from Tom Hanks, what I really like about this movie is that it is one of the earliest movies I know that is based on historical fiction. The story-line of the movie is exceedingly well intertwined with important historical events that actually took place.
For those of you that haven’t watched it yet (I say yet because I have no doubt you WILL watch it at least once in your lifetime), let me give you a quick background without giving away too much. Forrest Gump is slow-witted, but good at heart southern boy. Encouraged by his loving mother, he keeps pushing forward and breaking out of his comfort zone. He goes out into the world and leads a spectacular life, participating in landmark moments in American history and making some life-long friends along the way.
If you haven’t watched it yet, I’d strongly recommend you take advantage of tonight being a Friday night by curling up on the sofa with a warm blanket and a hot cup of coffee and watching this movie. For some reason, they took it off Netflix, but you can find it from other sources online.
Here’s a link to the trailer if you’re still on the fence: Forrest Gump Trailer