Forrest Gump Review

Today I am going to be writing a Forrest Gump review and tell you why it is in my top five favourite films of all time. I really hope you enjoy this review and you also want to watch or even rewatch this film! Plus don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog, happy reading!

The film Forrest Gump was released back on the 7th October 1994 written by Eric Roth and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a comedic, dramatic and romantic film about Forrest Gump (played by the great Tom Hanks) a slow-witted but kind-hearted innocent man from Alabama. The film follows through several decades of his life, as well as living and experiencing several iconic moments in American history.

The film starts of as a grown Forrest Gump waiting on a bench at a bus stop, where he speaks to a lady also waiting for the bus. He offers her a chocolate, where he says one of the most famous lines from the film “My mom said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re goin’ get.” Forrest starts to talk about his life to the lady waiting at the bus stop where we flashback to when Forrest is a child getting braces on his legs to fix his back as the doctor says he has a back like a crooked politician. From this point on you follow Forrest narrating his life to the passengers at the bus stop where it flashes to his past and eventually catches up to present day and the reason he is waiting at the bus stop.

This is the actual bench from the movie that Tom Hanks sits on and I got the chance to visit when I went to Paramount Studios in LA where it was filmed.

Forrest grew up in Greenbow, Alabama with his mum (played by Sally Field). As a single parent she was very aware Forrest’s mental condition, she treated and constantly reminded him that he was a wonderful, normal boy and that he shouldn’t be treated any differently. Even going to the lengths to sleep with the principal to make sure Forrest was kept in his school, despite having an IQ of just 79 meaning he was below average to be in the school.

However, Forrest’s adventures really began on his first ride to school. After getting on the bus and being told by the other kids that all the seats were full he hears the sweetest voice he had ever heard and turns to see the most “beautiful thing in my life, she was like an angel.” A little girl called Jenny offers for Forrest to sit next to her and they talk all the way to school. From this day on they became the best of friends and he refers to their relationship as “peas and carrots”. As Forrest and Jenny spend more time together, Forrest notices that Jenny never wants to go home as she had a very different childhood compared to Forrest. She grew up being physically and verbally abused by her father which left her with trauma causing her life to be later to be filled with drugs, alcohol and abusive boyfriends. But from all of this Jenny is the centre of Forrest’s world and he would do anything for her.

As Forrest gets older anywhere and everything he did, Jenny was always on his mind. He would write to her when he was fighting the Vietnam War, names a boat after her when he went into the shrimping business with Lieutenant Dan, thought about her when he played ping pong in the championships and the most when he went on a running spree for three years, two months and fourteen days (one of the most iconic things Forrest does…Run Forrest Run).

At the end of the film Forrest and Jenny’s life finally align and you find out the reason he is at the bus stop is because Jenny sends him a note that she needs to see him. Forrest goes to see Jenny and finds out he is actually the father of a young boy also called Forrest, the son of Jenny. Jenny becomes very sick with a virus so she and little Forrest moves in with Forrest at his house he grew up in. They eventually marry at the house and they spend the rest of her day’s as a family of three. After Jenny passes just a year later Forrest lovingly cares and raises little Forrest where at the end of the film he takes his son to get the school bus, where little Forrest tells him “I love you Daddy”.

This is just such a heart-warming film that always brightens up my day whenever I watch it. Tom Hanks’ performance is just incredible and will always be my favourite film from Hanks. The story comes full circle for Forrest and although Jenny is no longer there she has taught Forrest so much and she still lives on in Little Forrest.

Thank you all for reading and I really hope you enjoyed this Forrest Gump review and I hope it sparks you to watch or even rewatch this classic film. Don’t forget to comment and like the post. Thank you again and stay safe.


My Favourite Books

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well! Today’s post I am going to write about my favourite books. For as long as I can remember I have always preferred watching TV rather than getting lost in a book, but as I have got older this has changed. I can’t say I have a favourite genre because I will read anything if the blurb interests me. However, I have noticed that I do lean more towards books that have been adapted into films, as it makes the book come to life which I really like. So without further ado here I go, I really hope you enjoy reading.

Tattooist of Auschwitz

So my first book I am going to write about is The Tattooist of Auschwitz. This is a 2018 International No. 1 bestseller novel by Heather Morris. The book is based on the powerful true story of Lale Sokolov who in 1942 arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the grueling job of tattooing the prisoners who arrived at the camp. It follows the harsh reality that many prisoners in the Holocaust faced, but also a touching and emotive tale of love and selflessness that Lale experiences when he meets Gita, where he may have tattooed her, but she tattooed his heart. This really was an incredible and powerful book to read and I know in the future it will be read many more times.

The Rural Diaries

The next book is The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan. This book is the latest one that I have finished and as a fan of Hilarie Burton since she first appeared on One Tree Hill as Peyton Sawyer, it really did not disappoint. In a heartwarming biography, Hilarie explains her life since leaving LA and moving to Mischief Farm with her Husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who I also love. She is raw, honest and open about everything she has faced in her life and how it has led her to where she is now and how a community, farm and family helped her along the way. It has been my favourite biography I have read so far and I really hope in the future we continue to hear more about life down on Mischief Farm.

Great Expectations

Thirdly I will talk about perhaps my favourite book of all time Great Expectations by the incredible Charles Dickens. I remember when I first heard about the book and nothing drawed me to reading the book, but as part of a school assignment we read Great Expectations and ever since reading the first sentence “My Father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name being Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip”. This first sentence just struck something with me and as I continued to read the book, the journey that Pip follows really hits home. When he meets Miss Havisham and Estella it really add to the content of the book where you get so invested in Pips life. What I love even more about this book even more is the amount of Film and TV adaptations there are. It is one book that I know I will never get bored off, even after reading it 3 times I know I will be reading it many more times in the future.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Now this book I had read in an unconventional way and I had actually watched the 2009 film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana before reading the book. I try not to do this now as I have noticed I much prefer to read the book first then watch the film after and watch the characters come to life. That is not to say that it ruined the reading experience for me as I still absolutely loved the book by Audrey Niffenegger. It is a classic romance in my opinion that is something different from the typical genre. The story of Henry and the struggles he faces time travelling and never having a choice of when he comes and goes really pulls on your heartstrings. A timeless classic that again I know I will never get bored of reading, even after reading it twice already.

The Fault in our Stars

I remember when this book came out and became an instant hit and of course I joined in on the hype. The Fault in our Stars was written by John Green and is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2014 motion picture featuring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. It follows Hazel who has is a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has severely impacted her lungs. Forced by her parents Hazel attends a support group for other people in a similar situation and it is at these meetings that she meets Augustus Walters an ex-basketball amputee. As the story progresses you see their romance unfold into something that is funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. This book was a great read and was very much a great adaptation too. Although it is not something I tend to re-read I have seen the film a few times now as it was such a good adaptation.

Twilight

Lastly, of course this had to make the list along with the other books in the saga. Twilight came at a time where again there was a huge hype and interest in the books written by Stephenie Meyer. This mostly happened after the first film was released staring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. , From the release of the film the book sales soared as everyone wanted to find out what is going to happen in the other films. This was exactly how I joined the hype and became obsessed like every other teenager in the world at the time. The books follow the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen who become involved romantically, but later in the book you find out that Edward is in fact a Vampire. This is a classic teen novels and something I will always cherish. Although now there is a slight cringe when I watch the films, I think about the amazing times I had had when reading these books and then seeing it evolve at the cinemas when they were released. In fact recently Stephenie Meyer has just released Midnight Sun which follows the story from Edward’s perspective rather than Bella’s in the original novels, and I honestly cannot wait to read this. So look forward to a review on this when I finally get to read it.

So that is it my favourite books and a short review of each. As I said at the beginning although I predominately watch more TV and Films, I have now found comfort in reading a book and now I look forward to the evening to read. I hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait to hear some of your favourite books.

Gilmore Girls

Today I am going to write about another one of my favourite TV series, Gilmore Girls. I have watched this show since I was around 12 years-old when I saw it on TV one day after school and ever since I have been hooked. I really hope you enjoy this review! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog, happy reading.

The pilot of Gilmore Girls aired back on 5th October, 2000 and was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The show is centred around a single mum named Lorelai and her daughter Rory, who are more like best friends rather than mother and daughter. Lorelai got pregnant with Rory when she was 16 years-old and her wealthy parents Richard and Emily were far from pleased with the news. Lorelai decided that she did not want Rory to grow up in the same circumstances as she did in the high society life. So they settled in a small town in Connecticut called Stars Hollow, filled with many different walks of life but a tight knit community. Lorelai a manager of a hotel and Rory being a grade A student, earns herself a place at a very expensive school called Chilton. To be able to send Rory to Chilton, Lorelai must re-establish her relationship with her parents in order to borrow money for Rory’s education. As a result, they negotiate the money but Lorelai and Rory must agree to Friday night dinners with her parents. The show follows them as they try to reconnect with their family, their relationships and their life experiences.

Here is the Netflix trailer to series 1-7:

Why you should watch Gilmore Girls

The show really is something that I have never seen before. The relationship that Lorelai and Rory have is so special and no other show has even come close to depicting the same relationship. But also the relationships that you see evolve through the series with Emily and Richard, Rory’s father Christopher, the multiple love interests, friendships they all just have something that you don’t see on other programs.

Another reason you should watch the show is because of the realism. Of course there are moments where you would be like, that would never happen but the friendships and relationships are very realistic and strikes a cord when watching the program. I in particular love the relationship between Lorelai and best friend Sookie, through all the heartaches, children, business and (SPOILER) Sookie moving away in the revival, they are always there for each other.

Rory can be seen to also have a similar friendships with Best friends Lane and Paris. Although Lane and Paris are polar opposite characters, they represent real life friendships in many ways. Lane who has been Rory’s best friend since childhood and Paris who she meets at Chilton they both help delevop Rory’s character. Lane is empathetic and understands Rory’s life, but Paris challenges Rory academically and encourages her through her life at Chilton and Yale.

Finally, the secondary characters in the show bring again something that I haven’t watched before in a series. They bring so much fun and quirkiness to the program, they make you feel like I lived in Stars Hollow too. Although there are so many secondary characters, they all manage to get their own arcs that run throughout the episodes which makes you feel like that you know everyone in the town.

Discussion

As I have said above, the main reasons I love the show is because it is nothing that I have ever seen before. The relationships feel so realistic at times and it just makes me feel happy and content when I watch it. Since following the series since I was 12, I have rewatched it multiple times and I can honestly say I could never get more of watching Gilmore Girls. So without further ado, let’s get into what I love and don’t love so much about Gilmore Girls.

One of my favourite things about the show is the theme tune. Not many shows get you hooked on a theme tune, but “Where You Lead” by Carole King is one of my favourite theme tunes of all time. The images from the series and the words just make you fall in love with Lorelai and Rory before even getting further into the episodes.

Here is the opening introduction:

Some of the things that I am yet to decide about is the Revival. To those who haven’t watched yet, the series originally ended in 2007 before Netflix released Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life in 2016. The show followed Lorelai and Rory 10 years later and where life has took them since. One thing that I thought lacked in the revival was the depth of the characters progressing since the finale of season 7. Rory and Emily are the only ones that have had changes in their lives, everyone else is in the exact same place as where we left off, except everything is more modern.

Although Rory’s life had taken her to London she was portrayed as a stuck up freelance journalist who was sleeping with her ex-boyfriend whilst she was already in a relationship. You can understand that the writers did want to show that she has not been on an easy journey and life’s not perfect. But i found it just made Rory’s storyline so unrelateable compared to the previous seasons and I really struggled to empathise with her throughout. I was also very upset to see how they portrayed Luke and Lorelai’s arc. To believe they had waited 10 years to get married is just craziness! If the original series had continued, they would have been married in a year or two. Instead the whole journey to marriage was really unemotive and again I really struggled to find the realism in the arcs of the characters.

Finally, as mentioned in reasons why you should watch the show, the secondary characters were a massive part in the series. However, when we reached the revival, they really had no storylines of any significance and you found yourself wanting more questions asked. You never really got to find out much about where life had took, Lane, Paris, Jess, Dean and Sookie other than a short line of a backstory. I just felt like there was not enough details in the reasons why I originally loved the show, and there was too much of useless storylines being explained. Although it did come full circle with the ending and has left many fans including myself wanting more, but of the original series content.

My Top 3 Favourite Moments:

  1. One of my favourite moments of the entire series is Luke and Lorelai’s first kiss in Season 4 episode 22. The moment had been building up since the pilot as the chemistry they have is undeniable. When they kissed it was a moment of relief and excitement to see where their journey together would take them.

2. In second place is Rory and Logan in season 5 episode 7 with you jump, I jump Jack. It was the first moment where I realised that Rory and Logan were meant to be (sorry to all of you Jess shippers). Logan sparks something inside Rory that neither Dean or Jess did and their relationships was one of my favourites.

3. Lastly, the finale episode of season 7. It really brought the story of Lorelai and Rory nearly full circle. It followed Rory getting the job she had been wishing for and Lorelai and Luke finally getting back together after seasons apart. The love that Lorelai and Luke have and their love towards Rory is just magical.

Conclusion:

Gilmore Girls really is a different genre of TV and has helped develop so many female driven stories that we now see on TV today. The show is funny, clever, heartwarming and never fails to put me in a better mood. Although, personally the Revival was a very different move to the original series it did help get a glimpse of where the character are now 10 years-later and with the cliffhanger at the end, has left opportunities for the show to be revived once more.

Thank you all for reading, I really hope you enjoyed. If you have watched Gilmore Girls, what were your favourite moments? Don’t forget to comment and like the post. Thank you again and stay safe.

FRIENDS

Hi and welcome to my first post! In this section of the blog, I will take the opportunity to share with you my thoughts and opinions on some of my favourite films and TV shows and why they are my favourite. Please don’t forget to like, share and comment your favourites too!

Now it would be rude not to start off my with favourite tv show of all time FRIENDS. Some of you may disagree with my opinion, but as someone that has watched the show from a little girl and have watched the series multiple times since, I have just grown up and revelled in the greatness of FRIENDS. From the characters to the storylines to me there is nothing more perfect.

So for those readers that haven’t watched or heard of FRIENDS, it premiered in 1994 (the best year in my opinion, not just because i was born) and lasted for 10 seasons eventually ending in 2004. It follows a group of six friends Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe & Rachel in their 20’s and 30’s living in New York. Where you follow their journeys through relationships, friendships and their ever changing careers.

So what makes it the greatest tv show in history (yes I have said it!)?

For me it is the best friendship that you will ever see between a group of people, yes there are moments where they do bicker and fall out, but isn’t that all friendships? But to know that in the end you will always be best friends no matter what. It is also in some ways the connection that you make with the characters. Myself personally, I don’t just resonate with one character but aspects of all of them and I think thats why a lot of people relate to the show so much, as it reminds them of themselves.

Additionally, the writers on FRIENDS make some comedy gold moments throughout the show, where later I will give my top three favourite episodes from the entire series. They make you cry with laughter and some moments make your heart melt.

In my final year of university I had the fantastic opportunity to go to Los Angeles as part of my Media & Film course where we went to multiple Hollywood Studios. But was so thankful that I managed to get tickets to do a studio tour of Warner Bros, which of course was where FRIENDS and many other great films and tv shows were also filmed (I will be sure to write my favourites of these too). During the visit I went past the soundstage where FRIENDS was filmed but also was able to go to see the original set of Central Perk with the original sofa too, it was a dream come true (and yes I am wearing an awesome Jurassic Park T-shirt).

One year later, I was also fortunate to get tickets to FRIENDSFEST that came to Manchester, UK and as a huge fan it was everything I expected and more…it was truly one of my favourite days. From a picture on the sofa, to sitting on Ross’s sofa, sitting in each of the apartments, seeing the famous Gellar cup and even sitting in Central Perk listening to a Phoebe Buffay tribute act.

As a fan of the show the visits to the original sets and to see other fans it was incredible and I will never forget. In some way it even makes me love the show more to know that I have been where the series was filmed.

So for the moment you have all been waiting for…Drum roll please…my top three episodes:

In third place we have The One With Unagi (Season 6 Episode 17)

For many reasons this episode never fails to make me laugh so hard. The episode features around Ross where he is determined to prove he can beat up Rachel and Phoebe after they attended self defence classes. Ross states that Unagi is a state of awareness and one is ready and prepared at all times after practicing Karate. However, the funniest thing of all is that Unagi is a type of freshwater eel that Rachel and Phoebe point out in the episode and mock Ross through his attempts to attack them both.

In second place we have The One Where Ross is Fine (Season 10 Episode 2) (SPOILER ALERT BELOW)

This to me has so many classic lines in and the comedy is at in my opinion one of it’s highest throughout the entire season. The episode revolves around Ross’s reaction to walking in on Joey and Rachel kissing, where Ross tells everyone he is Fine in a very high pitched squaky tone. He then invites Rachel and Joey over for dinner with his girlfriend Charlie (who is Joey’s ex) just to prove how OK he is with the situation (which he is not, when he wakes up the next day with no pants on after getting drunk on Margaritas).

If you hadn’t noticed so far that my favourite episodes feature Ross, and guess what, the best episode also features Ross too. Although he is not my favourite character (let’s be honest it’s Chandler), Ross has some very funny moments throughout the show which just make you fall in love with the character. So without further ado I now present to you first place:

In first place we have the unbeatable The One Where Ross Gets a Tan (Season 10 Episode 3)

Now this is just one of my favourite moments in television history, when Ross decides to get a fake tan after seeing sister Monica with a glowing tan. However, as the episode develops we notice that Ross faces many issues when getting a spray tan, and ends the episode significantly darker on only one half of his body (For your pleasure i have added the image below :D).

Now even though the series has been over for 16 years, they announced earlier this year that there is to be a reunion. Which you have no idea how excited I am for this to happen! So when the reunion has been aired, I will do a review on what i thought of the reunion and if it met my expectation as a fan.

I just want to say thank you everyone who has taken the time to read about in my opinion the greatest show ever. I hope that it has made you chuckle as well as reminiscence your favourite episodes or even watch it for the first time.

Thank you for reading, please don’t forget to like, comment and share your favourite films and shows too.