The Forrest Gump is an extraordinary movie exemplifying the experiences of an extraordinary character by the name Forrest Gump. It is argued that the world would not be the same after viewing it from the perspective or view of the Forest Gump. This is a movie chronicling the experiences of a mentally challenged individual during the three most significant and dynamic decades in the history of America. Despite of the facial appearance of a heart warming, stimulating, motivating and moving story, the highly intrinsic narrative veers to explore the development of the American society while at the same time depoliticising history. Although Forrest is portrayed as a person of low intellect, he astonishes the audience by the way he responds to various major challenges that he encounters in life. The narrative revolves around a fling or romance between Forrest and Jenny, which runs all the way from Forrest’s childhood days and culminates in his adulthood. Throughout his life, Forrest has only had one true love, and that was Jenny. The story tells revolves around three main characters who share challenges and experiences that negate their struggle to have successful lives. Apart from jenny and Forrest the other prominent character is Lieutenant Dan, who together with Forest, suffered from physical injuries during their involvement in the Vietnamese war. Jenny on the other hand, has a past history of child abuse where she was physically and sexually assaulted by her father, and the challenges she encounters in life only exacerbate her predicament. All through the movie Forrest is unequivocally involved in key events happening in the early 1960s to the late 1980s, although he never displays any personal initiative. What might the filmmaker be trying to suggest (Forrest Gump, 1994)?
When put to critical analysis there are a lot of flaws that are evident in this movie. The movie is predominantly engulfed by factual flaws. For example, from the scene where Forrest is addressing Jenny by her grave, he deliberately mentions the Jenny died on Saturday whereas the date on her tomb stone reads March 22, 1982, suggesting that Jenny’s death occurred on a Monday. There are many more instances of factual flaws in this movie and they include, it is evident when Jenny shows Forrest a picture clip of himself in a magazine called USA Today, which first came in to publication on September, 1982; ironically the date on Jenny’s grave indicates that she had already passed away by then. Towards the final stages of the movie when Jenny goes to visit Forrest, the suggested date is 4th of July, 1976. From the program on the TV we catch a glimpse of the statue of liberty reveals a gold torch. The gold torch was an addition which was effected during the restoration of the statue in 1986. Apart from factual flaws there are other flaws such as continuity and revealing flaws. A classic example of a revealing flaw is when Forrest talks about his heritage; the shot of KKK on horse backs is lifted from a movie known as the birth of a nation. It clearly reveals the tracks left by tyres long before the existence of motor vehicles; this is an attempt to identically match the clip to the previous movie. Flaws of continuity are elaborated when Forrest sprints towards Jenny at the reflecting pond in the course of the anti Vietnam campaign, he sprints past the same person twice. When examined carefully the man with a hat is exactly the same individual but the picture taken from different angles (Groom, 2012; Forrest Gump, 1994).
Karl Marx (1867) argues that commodities appear at first glance as inconsequential things, and easily comprehended. He further argues that commodities are a result of labour; it is out of human labour that commodities are generated. He holds that fetishism of commodities derives its origin from the extraordinary social behaviour of the labour that makes it. He emphasises that all labour possess a form of social importance, especially when projected towards another social being. Despite being portrayed as being mentally retarded Forrest exhibits a lot of social behaviour which is evident from the first day he attended school, in how he bonds with Jenny, how he eventually comes to befriend Lieutenant Dan and Bubba. The significance of Forrester behaviour is the amount of energy he invests in social interaction which produces commodities. Marx argued that the inexplicable feature as a product of labour altering the commodity. Therefore a commodity may be perceived as a surreptitious thing depending on the kind of social character induced by labour (Marx, 1867; Forrest Gump, 1994).
Simmel argues that for a stranger, the amalgamation of closeness and remoteness witnessed in all human relationships is designed in a way that should be concisely formulated as follows: the separation within this relation symbolises that the person who is near is remote, but his incongruity symbolises that the person who is remote is close. In this movie we see Forrest narrative his biography to people who perceive him as a stranger, and they are puzzled by the way he shares his experiences with them. Being a stranger is in it self a positive attribute, it provides a specific platform of interrelation with other individuals. In economics, a stranger exhibits himself as a trader, and a trader exhibits himself as stranger. Although in the sphere of close personal relationships, strangers may appear attractive and reasonable in various ways, but as long as they are perceived as strangers they right to land before the eyes of other individuals. Forrest engages with various groups where his contribution and position are not appreciated, he has a remote relationship with Jenny epitomised by the distance between them, and Forrest is a stranger to both Bubba and Lieutenant Dan but has a profound effect on them. As a trader Forrest ventures in to a business dealing in shrimping (Simmel, 1908; Forrest Gump, 1994).
Sigmund Freud argues that the inclination of human being towards aggression is an innate, original instinctual temperament of human nature. This is the greatest barrier to civilization. Civilisation is development in the provision of Eros, whose objective is to combine individuals, races, societies and eventually nations in to a single unified group of mankind. Civilization is a struggle between death and Eros, between the impulse of life and the impulse of destruction. In this movie the three main characters are faced with similar challenges in life. Forrest is portrayed as suffering from mental retardation since childhood and struggles with it throughout his life, Jenny encounters sexual and physical abuse from her father and later succumbs to AIDS as a result of sharing syringes when taking drugs, while lieutenant Dan after suffering physical injuries in Vietnam, has his legs amputated (Freud, 1929; Forrest Gump, 1994).
Just as life is resembles a box of chocolate, you will never know what to expect, life is impulsive, and one should never let his guard down, as you may never know what is about occur. Forrest is the perfect example of what we all strive to be, he is compassionate, honest, and has integrity. He is successful in life, wealthy and above all a humble person; he is the perfect optimization of motivation for many generations to come.
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