Forrest Gump - The charmed life of Forrest Gump has led him practically everywhere else, from the White House (where Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon appear to be greeting him amiably) to an Alabama boarding house (where he give pelvis-shaking lessons to a guest, the as-yet-unknown Elvis Presley).
And “Forest Gump” is such an accomplished feat of cyber-cinema that it makes these tricks, not to mention subtler ones, look amazingly seamless. Even the opening credit sequence, featuring a feather that drifts alone a perfectly choreographed trajectory until it reaches its precise destination—a fine visual embodiment of Forrest’s own path through life – is cause for astonishment (1).
The movie called "Forest Gump" starts from the falling feather. I was thinking about this feather during whole first part. Why feather? I am still thinking about it. Forrest Gump is a brilliant movie! I enjoy it every time I see it, and I still enjoy seeing it. But why exactly feather? "Forrest Gump" was released by Paramount Pictures in 1994 and directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the Winston Groom novel. The picture won six Academy Awards in 1994 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Tom Hanks who held the lead role. But still in which connection with the movie a falling feather??!
Here is my opinion about that. To my mind this feather symbolizes the life of a man. Humans are flying during whole life. Sometimes they are falling, sometimes they are flying up. Sometimes there is a strong wind blowing on them and they are flying after it. Some people trying to hide away from this wind, and for others it is a big pleasure to follow it. There is no guaranty that you will be saved but is it a big deal?
And in "Forest Gump" people are not the owners of their lives, they are just following the wind. And here is a good expression of Forest's mum: "You have to do the best with what God gave you." If you have something that is...
Citations: (1) The New York Times: Best Pictures; July 1994, Review/’Forest Gump’
(A) A movie review by James Berardinelli, reelviews.net
(B) Roger Ebert’s original 1994 review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article
(C) Newsday‘s Jack Matthews on July 6, 1994
(D) David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
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