Forrest Gump Analysis

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In the world of film, it is commonplace for a story, novel, or play to be adapted to a movie. This practice has many advantages: for one, if the book was successful and liked by critics and readers, and the movie was made well, the movie should get positive reviews as well and be successful. Also the movie usually exceeds the fame of the original book since there are more people who watch movies than read books. One disadvantage of adapting a novel into a movie is that it gives the critics one more thing to harp on, or cause viewers to dislike the film if it strays too far from the original story, especially those viewers who read the book before they saw the movie.
Forrest Gump is a 1994 dramatic-comedy based on the 1986 novel of the same name written by Winston Groom. According to, the film was awarded six Oscars, with another 32 wins and 38 nominations among other award organizations. Some of the Oscars the film received were best actor in a leading role, Tom Hanks, best director, Robert Zemekis, best picture, and best writing screenplay based on another medium, Eric Roth (imdb). All of which show what made this film so successful, why it was so captivating to those who have seen it. Tom Hanks is arguably one of the greatest actors of all time. He has proven he can play the main role in any movie genre there is. He is most adept in playing a serious role in a dramatic film. In Forrest Gump his character balances the comedy with equal seriousness. He shows he can be the median in which we are not watching Tom Hanks pretending to be someone, but rather we are watching Forrest Gump, what Forrest feels. What Tom Hanks does for the movie can not be overlooked. Apart from Hanks, the Movie has superb supporting roles, like that of actor Gary Sinse, who plays Lt. Dan, as well as very good directing, production, and even how the screenplay was written is absolutely outstanding. The synergy of all elements tells one...