January 2 - FORREST GUMP (1994)

I kind of don't want to watch FORREST GUMP. What am I going to say about FORREST GUMP? Robert Zemeckis is the king of making movies white people worship, this and BACK THE THE FUTURE being the holy texts of references for a generation of suburban dads.

 Your dad loves FORREST GUMP.   Image credit: 1001scribbles.files.wordpress.com

Your dad loves FORREST GUMP.

Image credit: 1001scribbles.files.wordpress.com

Of course FORREST GUMP is incredible. It's masterfully written and directed, and hey, everyone, Tom Hanks is pretty good at acting. The cry count in FORREST GUMP is embarrassingly high, and that scene towards the end (that scene, you know) just absolutely kills me, even when viewed out of context on YouTube during a vulnerable moment. Some scenes and story arcs are unnecessary upon repeat viewing (the running back and forth across America subplot) and the convenient participation in most of the famous events of the second half of the 20th century is a tired joke. Re-watching the movie after years since my first viewing, though, something really stood out to me. Jenny's story is absolutely heartbreaking. Far more than I remember. The Jenny and Forrest relationship is heart of the movie, but the tragic nature of the relationship is too-often blamed on Jenny instead of her circumstances. There's probably a lot more to be said about Jenny and Forrest, I suppose, but this isn't a FORREST GUMP thinkpiece.

 RIP my heartstrings. Cause of death: excessive pulling.

RIP my heartstrings. Cause of death: excessive pulling.

 

Now, the connection. Gary Sinise played Commander Kevin Dunne in SNAKE EYES, and Lt. Dan Taylor in FORREST GUMP. He really chews up the scenery as a venemous Vietnam veteran, probably a bit too much. He's a character actor's character actor, though, and I salute him for it (even though he'd yell at me for doing so).

FORREST GUMP is obviously a phenomenal movie. Can't really say much more now, but I should have more to talk about after tomorrow's pick, BEING THERE (1979).