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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kumekucha Movie Review (classics): Forrest Gump

In this life sincerity is much more important than intelligence. That is one of the main messages that this Kumekucha blog has been at pains to deliver since that fateful day in May 2005 when I wrote that first post. This movie has to be one of the things that has made me such a greater believer of this truism about life.

And that is why if you still do not quite agree, this movie may just help change your mind.

People watch movies for different reasons. I watch movies to be entertained but I also do it to learn about life as much as possible.
Forrest Gump is an unforgettable movie that teaches about success in life. Every time I watch this movie I cry. Am not sure why… exactly. Maybe you can do me a favour and watch it and figure that out for me. But one thing I am not vague about here is the lesson which comes through vividly and poignantly in almost every scene of this beautifully made film.

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The story portrays several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, an Alabama simpleton. This is confirmed at an early age by his school principal who determines young Forrest possesses an IQ of 75. One would think that this would virtually be a death sentence in the complex world we live in today that requires us to increasingly think on our feet. And so it is surprising how well Gump ends up doing in life. His endearing character and his devotion to his loved ones and duties brings him into many life-changing situations.

If you have not watched Forrest Gump, watch it before you die.

Performance at the box office:
Produced on a budget of $55 million, Forrest Gump earned $24,450,602 on it’s first weekend narrowly beating The Lion King which was on it’s fourth week of release. For the first ten weeks of its release, the film held the number one position at the box office and ended up running for 42 weeks earning $329.7 million in the United States and Canada. As of June 2011, the film is ranked as the 21st highest grossing US film and 45th worldwide.

An extensive soundtrack was featured in the film, and its commercial release made it one of the top selling albums of all time. It sold 4.42 million copies.

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Anonymous said...

Chris, while we appreciate these well written movie analysis posts of yours, some of us in the late 20's would appreciate you talking about 21st century movies not those classic movies that were almost black and white.

How old are you again, 55?

Anonymous said...

Fred Gumo MP for Westlands bears an uncanny resemblance to the character called "Bubba" played by Mylketi Williamson in Forest Gump

Anonymous said...

Forrest Gump is one of my best movies of all time. As you said, everyone must watch this before they die. #moving

King Nebuchadnezzar said...


Have you ever thought of promoting the film "The Passion of the Christ"?

As a believer in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and His sacrifice to save the mankind, I believe this is one most important film ever made.

The movie opened in the United States on February 25, 2004 (Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent). It earned $83,848,082 in its opening weekend.

Early reports indicated that over 2.4 million copies of the film were sold by the middle of the day.

The movie was also a relative success in certain countries with large Muslim populations, such as in Egypt, where it ranked 20th overall in its box office numbers for 2004.

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