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.


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.