Forrest Gump (1994), this film has been in my bucket list for decades. I finally watched it today, and it turned out to be an unforgettable experience.

It is about Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), a not so smart young man from Alabama who gets teased to being stupid throughout his life. Despite this, through his hard work and a boatload of luck, he goes on to win the highest accolades in every field he sets his foot on-To become a star player in University football, a Vietnam war hero, to be awarded presidential honour twice, winning international table-tennis, running cross country a few times, establishing a pan-country shrimp business and so on.

If you stop and think about it, as a story this one feels improbable and a bit stupid, but thanks to brilliant direction by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future” fame) and an outstanding performance by Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump has become a classic movie. It truly deserves all the awards it has won and for being selected in 2011 by the United States’ Library of Congress for preservation. The film’s impact over the last three decades of movies made around the world is obvious, I could easily recall many films that could’ve drawn their inspiration from this one.

Tom Hanks and Sally Field.

Tom Hanks and Robin Wright

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