Forrest Gump: The Myth of America

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    The story of Forrest Gump is a myth of 20th-century America. Like any good myth, it filters historical facts through allegory, creating a symbolic journey that helps us make sense of a complicated era. So, what does Forrest Gump has to say about us -- and our national identity? If you like this video, subscribe to our channel or support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thetake

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Vor 2 years
Braydon Gatlin
Braydon Gatlin

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Vor 10 Monate
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Vor 10 Monate
Braydon Gatlin
Braydon Gatlin

@Javier Zachariah Instablaster :)

Vor 10 Monate
Javier Zachariah
Javier Zachariah

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Vor 10 Monate
Vanessa Heine
Vanessa Heine

Forrest at Jenny’s grave “...and he’s so smart, Jenny...” just kills me every time.

Vor 2 years
Kate Lambros
Kate Lambros

It definitely triggers a visersal feeling of unconditional love and thankfulness, trust, faith and Hope in the Face of authentic grief and connection to another who remains alive in the roots of your soul 🕊 I always wanted to be a bird too 😊

Vor 17 Tage
Suraj Das
Suraj Das

The scene before that when he knows he was his child first thought he did something wrong and ask is he smart that made me cry

Vor Monat
codafett
codafett

@R Daniel I sob everytime I watch it.

Vor Monat
Tiny Pool Model ShipYard
Tiny Pool Model ShipYard

"Youd be so proud. I know I am," gets me everytime

Vor year
Brian M
Brian M

"Bubba was going to be a shrimping boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam." that line kills me every time

Vor 2 years
ken.
ken.

This line was so sad in the context but without it its fucking hilarious

Vor 4 Monate
Sandra C Myers
Sandra C Myers

Bubba asking Forest "Why'd this happen"? Breaks my heart...its a damn good question, why DID Vietnam happen? Very sad..

Vor year
Lynne McGee
Lynne McGee

@The BW Gaming a joke?? what?

Vor year
Lynne McGee
Lynne McGee

Right!? And when Forrest is speaking to Jenny's grave. waaahhh. Why are they doing this to us!? lol

Vor year
Nelson Smith
Nelson Smith

Forrest Gump is as close to the perfect "American" film is we're likely to ever get, and is another one of those films that probably couldn't be made today.

Vor 2 years
JoJo Soni
JoJo Soni

@L H no. But our education is such that we indian hates our own self. We made ashamed of our own culture and history. It is bcz people who were communists were in charge of our education system. Congress who was in power for most of the history, in the name of being secular, always supported muslims. I have no problem with muslim people, but it was like they hated hindu which is the culture of majority of people and majority of history. We are taught 200 years of mughal empire and British rule for most of the time and few para for other biggest part of the history. Never taught how mughal were actually defeated. There have been bigger and better kings and empire than mughal in a gigantic amount, but no focus is given to them. The advance and progressive culture we had is not discussed. The vastness of knowledge researched is not discussed. So people have no idea what our values represents and have stereotypes of society. Rich people, who make movies now, are also highly influenced by hollywood and its ideology. Like if a movie shows that a girl who wanted to be a movie star decided become a mother and grow a child, these bollywood critics start bashing it bcz heroine didn't go against society norm and chose herself over others. Like bruh.

Vor 11 Tage
L H
L H

@JoJo Soni Damn, I didn’t know that took place in India too. Does China own Bollywood, like how they own most of Hollywood?

Vor 11 Tage
Joey Baseball
Joey Baseball

Mean girls too

Vor 28 Tage
Andrea Yanome
Andrea Yanome

It probably couldn’t get made today cause it would be copy, we don’t need another Forrest Gump it’s great the way it is

Vor Monat
Rachel
Rachel

Although I love this, I see Bubba's story a bit different. Bubba has an entrepreneurial spirit, but serving a country that has disenfranchised and enslaved him, he dies literally and figuratively, unable to fulfill his dream. Forest, representing America, must make amends and fix all the injustice by evening the playing field for Bubba's family through a honest act like giving Bubba's mother his share.✊

Vor 2 years
Elizabeth Lingurar
Elizabeth Lingurar

Maybe one day the Bubba’s Mamas of the world won’t have to work in anyone's kitchen anymore.

Vor 26 Tage
Bridget OfOld
Bridget OfOld

Of course there is the one person replying to this by saying "What about the poor White people?" I'm Irish and I get it. What is wrong with people with this ideal?

Vor year
Simone Chèrie
Simone Chèrie

Great insight here. Bubba’s family does achieve piece and achieve generational wealth (freedom from poverty) but it requires his death, he cannot be there to see his people prosper (MLK) and it only happens through the just actions of white Americans, who benefitted from his contribution (his whole idea for the enterprise) to do the right thing and compensate his family.

Vor year
Angela Meshay Mathews
Angela Meshay Mathews

@Orlando Brown 🤣🤣🤣

Vor year
Angela Meshay Mathews
Angela Meshay Mathews

Great interpretation!

Vor year
Naomi Starlight
Naomi Starlight

The drill sergeant is such a memorable performance, proving again the saying that there are no small parts, only small actors. He should have won an award.

Vor 2 years
Arbaz Alware
Arbaz Alware

you mean no small actors only small roles

Vor year
david colley
david colley

Yes, he was great. It's an enormous dig at the military though... Just do exactly what you are told in an intense manner and even if you are dumb as a box of rocks you will be a "genius". Exactly what they want. Of course they go to an extreme for humor to make the point using forest. But it's really not too far off base

Vor 2 years
C.B. Smith
C.B. Smith

Stephen Powdexter I always thought the scene was great because DS would talk EXACTLY like a DS but it’s juxtaposed with him praising Forrest. Which almost never happens. First time it happened to a group of us and it was a compliment disguised as an insult we looked at each other like “did that just happen?”

Vor 2 years
Stephen Powstinger
Stephen Powstinger

I can attest from personal experience drill sergeants are like that.

Vor 2 years
J Arnett
J Arnett

Aww the best christmas pageant ever

Vor 2 years
Ginnie M
Ginnie M

It was so sad that the very first question Forrest asked about his son is whether he is smart. It just shows how insecure and scarred he was for being called "stupid" throughout his life.

Vor 2 years
Raphael Yanez
Raphael Yanez

@Jennifer Cooper to you it proves nothing but thats your opinion

Vor 4 Monate
Jennifer Cooper
Jennifer Cooper

@Raphael Yanez That proves nothing. So glad you joined society.

Vor 4 Monate
justmeeagainn
justmeeagainn

It wasn’t his son.

Vor 10 Monate
Kirk Davis
Kirk Davis

@da melchior Proving that nice guys finish last and act as the clean up man after the bad boys have had their turns first.

Vor 11 Monate
Ray Preseau
Ray Preseau

Forest: is he smart? Jenny: he is so smart...he can see and talk to dead people.

Vor 2 years
temp
temp

@Princess/Queen CB nah, i think u missed the reference

Vor Monat
JARR¥
JARR¥

Sixth sense , right

Vor 11 Monate
Helecia Marie
Helecia Marie

You guys are funny 🤣🤣🤣

Vor year
Princess/Queen CB
Princess/Queen CB

He’s so smart, he’s a key blade weilder

Vor year
stonersiren
stonersiren

lmao

Vor year
Ace The Great
Ace The Great

It surprised me when I first realized there were people who disliked Jenny so much. I personally empathize with her greatly. Not because I had similar experiences but knowing her story you can see how she would turn out that way. Yeah, she constantly rejects Forrest and his love for her but, she's also rejecting herself and denying herself of any love and happiness. She thinks happiness is wherever she isn't but realizes all too late it was exactly where she was running away from the whole time. Her death always gets me. 1 because of Forrest and him losing the love of his life and Forrest Jr losing his mother but also because I always wish she got to experience the life that everyone deserves for a little bit longer. This video was extraordinary! Has me as emotional as watching the masterpiece of a film itself.

Vor year
Speedy Azi
Speedy Azi

@David Thorp being frustrated characters is a sign of good characters, if every characters was as flawless or as nice as Bubba it wouldn’t make for an interesting story nor would it help In Forrest’s own character development. Jenny is intended to make us frustrated with her. Most of us have no idea what it’s like to be Jenny. Many of us have no idea what it’s like to be Lieutenant Dan. These characters struggle and have horrible flaws to them which is why they are redeemed in the end and why Forrest becomes such a great person. Jenny is purposely a complex character that I feel many people overlook because we are looking at it through the eyes of Forrest alone. Why do you think many abuse victims end up becoming abusers themselves?

Vor 2 Monate
CherryBomb
CherryBomb

When Forest tells Jenny "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." It is a contrast to her own knowledge of love. She is smart, but she doesn't know what love is, because she was abused by a parent, the very person who was supposed to teach her love. That is why, she has so much trouble accepting Forest's love: she doesn't understand it and she doesn't think she deserves it. It is only through the unconditional love of her own child that she comes to understand love, and can accept love from Forrest.

Vor 3 Monate
Ace The Great
Ace The Great

@David Thorp r.i.p to Bubba, the could've been shrimp king! I loved that his family got to enjoy the success he never got to. Forrest is a real one.

Vor 3 Monate
David Thorp
David Thorp

Well, while I can empathize with Jenny, I was immensely frustrated at her for not listening to Forrest. He did everything he could to keep her safe, to help her heal. And every time, she’d jump right back in and do something eccentrically self harming. She’d hang around assholes, creeps, people like her dad. She just kept going back. And it didn’t make a lick of sense to me. Because that wasn’t love. Even Forrest understood that, but not her. And he as a result kept getting dragged along for 3 decades worth of her crumbling world. Caught Aids somewhere along the way (and as a result probably gave it to Forrest tho the story never notes that, so either she cheated on Forrest or wound up giving on a disease that would pass on silently to poison the next generation possibly Forrest JR. ) Which means her actions had consequences for innocent people. Anyway, that’s why I didn’t really like Jenny. She wasn’t good to Forrest until literally the very end. When he had his life together, his shit together, was a business owner, a war hero, and a superstar over multiple fields of interest (sports, his run across America, ping pong in China, and having attended or been at multiple world changing events). The fact no one recognizes him is astounding in some cases. Since the man shoulda made national news multiple times. And it took Jenny from 1960 to 19-fucking 80 to realize Forrest loved her in a meaningful way. And I have similar frustrations with the other Characters. So she’s not alone in this regard. The only one I am not frustrated by was Bubba. Bubba was a good guy.

Vor 3 Monate
Kareem Adolphus
Kareem Adolphus

People disliked Jenny because Forrest was nice to her, while she used him.

Vor 3 Monate
Jen 33
Jen 33

Character of Jenny really stuck in my head after watching this film. She’s so mired in past trauma that even the unwavering love from Forrest could not bring her around. The only peace she got was before her death, knowing her days were numbered. She got no energy to escape into vice that’d mask her pain. I don’t know anyone in real life that resembles Jenny and I wish I’d never know such a person. It pains me to watch her making her life an inevitable downward spiral.

Vor 2 years
Caitlin Quigley
Caitlin Quigley

i have bpd and relate to jenny :( running from love and towards self destruct because feelings of inherent worthlessness from childhood abandonment

Vor 10 Monate
Gigi Colada
Gigi Colada

I’ve known a lot of Jennys 😞

Vor year
Dalton Gragg
Dalton Gragg

You’re welcome to observe my downward spiral.

Vor year
TeamRainbow
TeamRainbow

Damn 1994 was a strong year for movies, Forrest Gump is my favourite movie, Pulp Fiction has some of the best dialogue ever, we all know about Shawshank Redemption and Lion King might be the best animated film ever And that was just a few of the many great films of 1994

Vor 2 years
TeamRainbow
TeamRainbow

@MRPJ1! It did have La la land, Sing Street, Moonlight, Arrival, Manchester By the Sea and Civil War tho...but yea Ghostbusters 2016 too

Vor year
meatball meatwad
meatball meatwad

It was also a good year for video games. We got donkey Kong country, sonic 3, mortal kombat 2, super street fighter 2 turbo, killer instinct, road rash 3, and the ps1 and sega Saturn launched in japan

Vor year
MRPJ1!
MRPJ1!

@Just Another Happy Humanist Now all Hollywood cares about is billion dollar generating tentpole super-franchises, pleasing China, and identity politics. Quality storytelling is the LAST thing on their minds now.

Vor year
MRPJ1!
MRPJ1!

2016 was the opposite. Ghostbusters 2016. Thats all I need to say.

Vor year
rafael rusydi
rafael rusydi

Don’t forget friends also start in 1994

Vor year
Peter E
Peter E

A lesser movie would've come off as cheesy or preachy but Forrest Gump just comes off as optimistic and having a heart of gold, truly remarkable movie. Definitely a modern classic, almost wanna rewatch it again just cause of how funny a lot of it was.

Vor 2 years
beatrice siaw
beatrice siaw

The movie "Waterboy" is similar.

Vor 4 Monate
Drew Yazbeck
Drew Yazbeck

@Yuiop .... "thanks"

Vor year
Yuiop
Yuiop

@Drew Yazbeck. What a brilliant response!!! /s

Vor year
ProfessorEGadd
ProfessorEGadd

@Nate Watson Even _this video_ makes hollow bullshit statements about the moon landings and the beautiful american spirit. Americans are so overexposed to propaganda thay can't even recognise it.

Vor 2 years
Drew Yazbeck
Drew Yazbeck

@Nate Watson

Vor 2 years
PugetsoundHproductions 17
PugetsoundHproductions 17

“The characters in this story who think they’re special, smart, important or entitled to a special life end up suffering due to that thinking” I’m sure why Bubba is depicted in the scene describing that. He was ambitious and even generous with his knowledge and entrepreneurship with Forrest. I don’t personally see what he did to deserve any suffering in the context of this metaphor. But great video overall

Vor 2 years
THEY LIVE in the MATRIX of THE FALLEN
THEY LIVE in the MATRIX of THE FALLEN

Because Bubba represents the wasted potential and the what ,"could of been " if it weren't for the war

Vor 5 Monate
John and Judy Schuh
John and Judy Schuh

Bubba and Forrest were drawn to each other because of their simplicity.

Vor 2 years
Paul Action
Paul Action

My wife loves to yell across the supermarket to me " Lt Dan I got ice cream"

Vor 2 years
codafett
codafett

She's a keeper

Vor Monat
Danielle LaLa
Danielle LaLa

@Kim omg! I say the same thing when I walk into random rooms “sorry to ruin your black panther party 🐆 🎈!” 🤪😂😂😂🤷🏼‍♀️

Vor year
LindaMbalz
LindaMbalz

🤣😂🤣

Vor year
EH
EH

We (teachers) love to shout out to kids running through he yard:” Run, Forest! Run!)” They never get it!! 🤣

Vor 2 years
Erik
Erik

When an English teacher asks what the author meant by "the sky is blue", this is the kind of response and detail they're looking for.

Vor 2 years
Brian Randal
Brian Randal

When I was in high school we had a Vietnamese for exchange student. Something I learned from him just by being around him is that the Vietnam war to them is a distant memory but to us it still impacts our culture to this day. The country has been in a slow decay ever since JFK was assassinated it seems to me

Vor 2 years
de0509
de0509

The choosing to go to space because its hard, and the ein Berliner speech are such powerful words imo

Vor 7 Monate
David Anderson
David Anderson

"Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing. That's all I have to say about that." That is what Forest says and pretty accurate, and I dig the hippie telling him right on...

Vor 2 years
Stephanie Hale
Stephanie Hale

That hippie played Abbie Hoffman

Vor 10 Monate
꧁༒Duchi༒꧂
꧁༒Duchi༒꧂

*Forrest Gump was one of the first movies* that taught me about American History more than other Historical Films

Vor 2 years
Luisa Lopez
Luisa Lopez

Highly recommend you look into some books or documentaries on American history. It looks like you already have that spark of interest, so you should really pursue it - you'll find that American history is far more rich than the mere (and abbreviated) shadows of "history" depicted in this wonderful movie. Good luck!

Vor year
freedom of Speech
freedom of Speech

@Team Jarvis I that you Roland...aka...Buddy?

Vor year
Dani Martin
Dani Martin

The entire thing is BS. It actually taught you nothing about American history.

Vor year
Team Jarvis
Team Jarvis

@Oscar Olson yah, thats right I thought they showed her shooting up

Vor year
Oscar Olson
Oscar Olson

@Keyser94 IV Drug users, though, which was implied that Jenny maybe tried.

Vor 2 years
Zainab
Zainab

what i learned: 1. core things are important (simplicity, focus); few things really matter 2. journey is the destiny 3. down to earth (egalitarianism) everyone is the same and equal on a deeper level 4. to love no matter what 5. accept that adversity exists but it is solvable (optimism) 6. never let the darkness take over you

Vor 2 years
Ben E
Ben E

Hello darkness my old friend........

Vor 2 years
Mista_Fur
Mista_Fur

LET THE DARKNESS CONSUME YOU!

Vor 2 years
Casy
Casy

My favorite scenes are his interactions with the drill Sargent. The fact that he could just calmly respond to him🗣☠🤣

Vor 2 years
Maytal Acedo
Maytal Acedo

His face every time he's with Forrest is actually priceless.😂

Vor 9 Monate
Maverick
Maverick

Sergeant

Vor 2 years
Owen Bunny
Owen Bunny

being calm under pressure, the perfect trait of an fighting man

Vor 2 years
Clive Chiam
Clive Chiam

“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” Idk why but that line made me cry

Vor 2 years
Zo Dinthara
Zo Dinthara

Ita deep, man, deep. Food for thought

Vor 6 Monate
Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams

@Metatron Black I bet you do telling on yourself in a YouTube comment section - Yikes! Confession is good for the soul - but damn! 👀😬

Vor 9 Monate
Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams

Yes.😑😢🤧

Vor 9 Monate
Raphael Yanez
Raphael Yanez

I mean even as a stupid man he was never that stupid

Vor 11 Monate
Klaus O'Shaunacey
Klaus O'Shaunacey

The scene where young Forrest Jr. says “You’re Dorothy Harris, and I’m Forrest Gump.” Always hits me. Such a good kid with the best of both of his parents: Jenny’s intelligence and Forrest’s emotional knowledge

Vor 2 years
Sam Martina
Sam Martina

One time I was running across the highway before the traffic lights changed, and someone stuck their head out of the car window and yelled at me 'RUN FOREST RUN!' Then I went home, told my mum about it, and it came up that I had never seen Forest Gump before. So I watched it for the first time later that night. True story.

Vor 2 years
EH
EH

Ha!! We (teachers) yell that to students running in the yard! They never get the reference!! 🤣

Vor 2 years
Sam Martina
Sam Martina

@Sophia Talks Music So he yelled it because he heard those girls saying it as he was waking up?

Vor 2 years
Sophia Talks Music
Sophia Talks Music

Funny you have a story like that; one time back in middle school I was on a school-sponsored trip with a bunch of other kids. There weren't a lot of places to eat lunch, so we stopped by a sort of run-down strip mall with a grocery store and a few other places nearby. There was a guy sleeping on a bench outside a bar, but we didn't pay him too much thought. So we went to the grocery store and bought food- things like Lunchables- and then headed back to the bus. While we were waiting for everyone to board, two girls headed onto the bus, saying that as they passed the bench outside the bar, the guy had woken up, and yelled, "RUN, FORREST, RUN!" It was all anyone talked about the rest of the way.

Vor 2 years
I don't Even Know
I don't Even Know

That happened to me when I ran my first 10k

Vor 2 years
Vic
Vic

This video makes me feel patriotic about a country I'm not a part of

Vor 2 years
de0509
de0509

As a third world kid from southeast asia with a looming geopolitical strife seemingly at the gate, hell yeah Im very patriotic about the USA too

Vor 7 Monate
Anelkia🌹
Anelkia🌹

@carol also kinda yes

Vor 8 Monate
Anelkia🌹
Anelkia🌹

Ikr

Vor 8 Monate
anon anon
anon anon

@carol exactly

Vor year
cabana85
cabana85

I'm really still grappling with the question if this is a reactionary tale or not. What the filmmaker tries to rejetct, the notion that it stands for conservative values, that doubting too much, being too different, questioning authority will lead to a "Jenny life", while joy and fulfilment lies in not being too politically outspoken...and of course, the very nonchalant treatment of the subject of racism. The implication that it was the simple, apolitical, everyman folk of alabama like Forrest, with which almost every white southener can identify, that brought down Jim Crow, against a minority of bad racists. Those are the points that i feel uneasy with watching this undoubtly great movie.

Vor 2 years
ComradeOgilvy1984
ComradeOgilvy1984

@Andrea Yanome That Forrest is a static character does not automatically make the movie unworthy of enjoying, no. But it is a weakness that the main character is only a 2 dimensional cardboard cut out, rather than a human being.

Vor Monat
Andrea Yanome
Andrea Yanome

@ComradeOgilvy1984, he is a static character but I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, I don’t necessarily think that he thinks the same thing about the military when he joined vs when he was discharged or when he chose to stop running (unlike Jenny). Forrest remains the way he is because that’s such a huge part of his story his mom raised him to view himself in a positive light and he very much lives by what she says because he takes these things at face value.

Vor Monat
ComradeOgilvy1984
ComradeOgilvy1984

@Andrea Yanome He may feel personal stress dealing with situations, but not in the sense that he learns and grows to be a different version of himself. Ever. Forrest's character growth is basically zero. Family and friends come and go, but he stays the same over the decades. Gump is a cartoon character. Not that such is automatically a bad thing or unworthy of enjoying a film length feature film about. At the end of the day, the film does a good job of feeling like it is saying something important, while, IMHO, failing to do actually saying anything at all.

Vor Monat
Andrea Yanome
Andrea Yanome

@ComradeOgilvy1984, Forrest definitely has struggles internally and externally, he is affected even years later by bullies, he is affected by loss but pushes through for the people in his life

Vor Monat
de0509
de0509

Imo the unease you felt reflects more on how you think rather than whats in the movie

Vor 7 Monate
Gerald Koh
Gerald Koh

I never realised that it's the same lady driving the school bus when both young Forrest and his son hop on the bus 30 years apart! Wonderful detail that I've missed all this while

Vor 2 years
MikeJ 2016
MikeJ 2016

I thought it might have been her daughter.

Vor 2 years
thesamuraihobbit
thesamuraihobbit

Glad they banned school bus drivers from smoking by the '80s.

Vor 2 years
Azuel Zorro
Azuel Zorro

Oh whoa. I never noticed that!

Vor 2 years
zab
zab

@Tiffany Nicole That's weird that they didn't what with the other stuff they did with film like aging up Sally Field. It's probably just apologism on my part, but I guess it could be that random authority figures kind of look the same to kids, the bus driver being highlighted cause she's nice.

Vor 2 years
Kyle Davis
Kyle Davis

B Toombs No, that’s definitely intentional. You could still smoke in a lot of public places in the ‘80s but a school bus was not one of them. Lol. And in the ‘50s they just didn’t care (or at least, they didn’t know how harmful cigarettes were).

Vor 2 years
You Mad Bro?
You Mad Bro?

I love the little smirk and sense of pride at 8:22 when he says, "I can run like the wind blows". Very raw and true. Something he really feels proud of.

Vor 2 years
Doward Washington
Doward Washington

Forest Gump is like the feather that he catches in the beginning of the movie. He doesn't make any plans he simply floats from place to place.

Vor 2 years
thesamuraihobbit
thesamuraihobbit

I love how the Drill Sergeant was complimenting him on his responses, yet made it sound like he was telling him off.

Vor 2 years
dani
dani

“In some kind of fruit company”

Vor 2 years
Jolt Jolt
Jolt Jolt

He's from Alabama, of course all they knew was rural.

Vor 9 Monate
sơn nguyễn thái
sơn nguyễn thái

great detail makes me laugh

Vor year
Jaydee Hervey
Jaydee Hervey

Soo southern 😆

Vor year
MRPJ1!
MRPJ1!

I wish I could of invested in Google when they first started or Facebook.

Vor year
Ricky Chon
Ricky Chon

@Squeaky Exactly correct, the Dutch VOC was the first company to achieve global capitalism centuries before anyone else did. It's estimated that they would be worth around $8 trillion today. Apple is the first American company to reach $1T and $2T.

Vor year
CDBZ
CDBZ

His mom in the movie is one of the strongest female leads ive ever seen, not the fake ones they talk about today.

Vor 2 years
Sheila Gravely
Sheila Gravely

Sally Field is a phenomenal actress. I grew up watching her in the Flying Nun.

Vor year
Roach Dogg JR
Roach Dogg JR

I like how the other characters that represent many aspects of the American spirit, and as Forrest interacts with them he becomes who he is, they show the good and the bad from what they embody Jenny: The 60s attempt to change America and end its troubled past, but her trauma was just too much, and she became worse and worse. Bubba: entrepreneurial spirit, but he died before achieving his dream. Some times, you just have very bad luck and cannot realize your entrepreneurial dreams. Dan: Honorary military tradition, but pointless bad wars can live you crippled, dishonored and no purpose. Mother: Family values and the importance of growing in a loving home, but she and her son were abandoned by the Dad. All of those aspects make America, they made Forrest, but only through optimism and determination, he absorbed the best of their qualities and became the ideal America.

Vor 2 years
Nanii Knoee
Nanii Knoee

This was a perfect summary. Thank you.

Vor Monat
Ostrich Fam
Ostrich Fam

E

Vor 2 years
Mzz Parker
Mzz Parker

Bubba The Entrepreneur Spirit 🙌🏽 The one main character of color in the movie, has the most capitalist drive. To live a better life than my ancestors had. This clip touched me in more ways than one. I'm healing & this triggered some healing. Thank you!

Vor 2 years
Fish
Fish

@ProfessorEGadd That was the point, Babba’s family had served for generations and in the end, they were being served it sticks to the theme of the movie!

Vor year
Mariah J.
Mariah J.

@ProfessorEGadd Well said.

Vor year
Keisha Monique
Keisha Monique

I can’t even watch these clips without crying! 😩

Vor 2 years
Big Boss
Big Boss

I can.

Vor 9 Monate
Alexandria Poole
Alexandria Poole

Same

Vor 2 years
Black Girl Lavish
Black Girl Lavish

I can understand what Jenny went through. I was running away from my problems just like my mother did and now I’m trying to heal so I can move on from my past. I can also relate to Bubba especially as a black woman. I started my own business and my entire life I worked hard to succeed. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was always driven and committed to what I do.

Vor 2 years
Andrea Yanome
Andrea Yanome

@Metatron Black, therapy was not widely available back then, costed money (Jenny wasn’t exactly earning consistent money) not all therapists are equal, and most importantly Jenny didn’t value herself it’s hard to get help when you don’t think you deserve it.

Vor Monat
Andrea Yanome
Andrea Yanome

@Trash Daddy, Jenny wasn’t written to be a bad person or else Forrest wouldn’t have cared at all for her. Just a person who didn’t love themselves for the longest time.

Vor Monat
Nanii Knoee
Nanii Knoee

First gen black woman here. This movie speaks to so many different aspects of my life. I was supposed to graduate from university this Friday. I can’t because my family stopped financially supporting my room n board. I got a call from a mentor they found funding this week. I never understood why this movie was so dear to me. But I resonate w Forrest in so many ways.

Vor Monat
sierrabreann
sierrabreann

Free Spirit people tend to forget or not be aware of how circumstances and environments you don’t have control over affect your developing brain. really not that hard of a concept.

Vor 2 years
sierrabreann
sierrabreann

@Metatron Black do you see how you came to those conclusions? your brain isn't the same as a "jenny" in this instance. when you've been abused by a person who is suppose to protect you, especially at such a young age, you'll be very unlikely to be a normal person with little to no issues. you think she had anyone around her telling her to get help, speaking words of affirmation, actually attempt to guide and raise her? yeah i don't remember any of that. you should to take into consideration what people go through and how it shapes them as adults. we don't all have access or knowledge about therapy and healing with trauma. i doubt people were talking about things like this in a positive tone back then and it's just now getting less stigmatized. and seriously not here to argue, just wanted to share.

Vor 2 years
Feminisis
Feminisis

The perfect movie. Had me laughing my ass off. Had me crying my eyes out. Had me at the edge of my seat from the action. And, most of all, gave me a new outlook on life.

Vor 2 years
Stephen Meier
Stephen Meier

Forrest is a savior figure who redeems the world through his purity. He is a cinematic representation of Christian morality expressed through American exceptionalism.

Vor 2 years
Leigh Anne Thomas
Leigh Anne Thomas

I wish we all had hearts like Forrest.

Vor 2 years
k k
k k

This is one of the best movies ever made! Even at the 100 times I watched it, I would have all kind of emotions

Vor 2 years
cara j
cara j

“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” Such a meaningful quote

Vor 2 years
Allen Moffat
Allen Moffat

This is one of my favorite film breakdowns. We can treat each other with respect and love despite our differences.

Vor year
Lex Simmons
Lex Simmons

This is the first analysis that I’ve seen of this classic film and I gotta say, Awesome breakdown. With that being said, there’s two things I want to point out that personally affects me: the scene of Lt. Dan jumping into the water and Forrest commenting about him finally making peace with God gets me every time! The last thing is: Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors ever, and yes, he’s memorable in this role, but I don’t think people give Robin Wright enough credit for her performance of Jenny. Everything that woman experienced and the way Robin just played her with such vulnerability, tenderness, strength and gumption - she’s on par with Tom and imho, should always be mentioned when we talk about this film...

Vor 2 years
Jarrod Keiser
Jarrod Keiser

It really always bugged me how no one in the Army salutes Forrest. He’s a medal of Honor Recipient, every guardsman in Washington should have saluted as he walked by.

Vor year
Steven Irizarry
Steven Irizarry

Forrest Gump: optimism and resilience Jenny: historical trauma Bubba: entrepreneurial spirit Dan: military tradition Mother: family values and egalitarianism Forrests child: the promise(or pioneering spirit) of a new generation. An almost encyclopedic look at America's underlying spirit

Vor 2 years
Andreia Guerrero
Andreia Guerrero

Tou forgot Jenny’s abusive father. Alcoholism and battering in america. Lol

Vor 2 years
esm82ify
esm82ify

While I agree that Forrest does represent American optimism and resilience, it also goes that it is at the expense of really seeing what is going on around him. The fact that he doesn't acknowledge that the uncle for whom he's named was the leader of the KKK, that Jenny is clearly being molested and beaten by her father, etc. That laser focus Forrest exhibits touted as an asset to reach his goals means he doesn't see that Jenny is trying hard to just survive every day. Can you imagine how that relationship would have been perceived if the only change made to the story were Jenny had a low IQ? Forrest becomes successful on the back of Bubba's dream, for which he scores points for sending Bubba's mother part of his profits...but still.

Vor 2 years
Jayleno 12
Jayleno 12

@Jennifer Cooper Yes, it does. Every human on Earth is living on a piece of land with imaginary borders which they gave a name to identify. And there is nothing wrong with that, it is just an animalistic nature of identifying territory.

Vor 2 years
Jennifer Cooper
Jennifer Cooper

@Jayleno 12 No, it doesn't.

Vor 2 years
William Gaylord
William Gaylord

This is a beautiful analysis, I felt tears well up from how heartwarming it truly is.

Vor 2 years
Court of Public Opinion
Court of Public Opinion

Should have mentioned the fact that LT Dan married a Asian.......kinda a coming of terms and forgiving the enemy....

Vor 2 years
Ed Gizinski
Ed Gizinski

@Ali M. actually you don't know anything about history. Europeans came here and fought a whole continent for land. A continent that's was already at war with each other over the very same land. So don't think for one second that your Indian message holds any truth. Learn your history plenty of men died for this land that you claim once belonged to one group of people who were never United and were already fighting each other over the same land. I'll be waiting for your reply.

Vor 9 Monate
Ali M.
Ali M.

@Ed Gizinski actually we came and took land already belonging to Native Americans

Vor 9 Monate
John Ryan
John Ryan

Just like Klinger marrying a Korean, therefore the last to leave.

Vor 9 Monate
SandyTheMaster
SandyTheMaster

I was never surprised by that. Lt Dan did not hate his enemies. He just wanted to fight, whoever it was. He wanted to die in combat, which that his "enemies" are his purpose, this he has respect for them. Therefore, I don't think he was racist (for his time) and just fell in love with a woman, not an Asian, just a woman. But that's my opinion of course!

Vor 9 Monate
asdfghjkl
asdfghjkl

@Satish Joshi Yes, there is no need for the Vietnamese to be forgiven. They did nothing wrong by being in the path of American military aggression.

Vor 9 Monate
Kng Tch
Kng Tch

Bruh I'm not watching the movie right but even the breakdown has me in tears And Forrest gump is what made me a fan of Tom Hanks

Vor 2 years
bonob0123
bonob0123

I think ultimately it shows how you can live a good life by closely sticking to your few core principles. Despite the complexity of the world which makes us all feel bewildered a little like Forrest, if we had the sense and discipline like he did to know ourselves and stick to our core, we could hope to live a life as full as his in the movie

Vor 2 years
christine zoghbi
christine zoghbi

Best movie ever made. Its meaning is so deep I could watch it one hundred times and still find a lesson I can learn.

Vor year
Holly Ann
Holly Ann

Beautiful take on this movie. I grew up loving it. As a kid it was just a good movie, but when I watched it as an adult, as a mom, I cried several times. There are so many lessons to take away from it. I've never seen it picked apart and analyzed so perfectly. Do the two of you do all of the research and writing for this channel? You both deserve to have millions of subscribers. I have no doubt that you eventually will. One of the absolute best channels on this platform. 🖤

Vor 2 years
The Bronze Age of DC Comics
The Bronze Age of DC Comics

For Forrest, he was named after an evil man. But he grew up a good man. And his son will hopefully be a good man, too. We make our names mean what we want them to mean.

Vor 2 years
Restreven
Restreven

I absolutely love the drill sergeant. His voice cracks me up

Vor 2 years
B GT
B GT

This movie is the one movie I’ve seen that I can honestly say every single scene makes me cry in one way or another. The greatest movie ever made

Vor 3 Monate
Osiris4441
Osiris4441

I have seriously lost count of how many times I've cried to this peace of art!

Vor 2 years
The Florida Man
The Florida Man

When Forrest ask if his son is smart is freaking amazing because you know forrest is asking if he’s like his dad. Forrest is aware he’s not as fast as everyone else but doesnt care. Hes too busy caring about others.

Vor 2 years
Jennifer Constantine
Jennifer Constantine

25 years!? Wow, I remember seeing this in the theater. One of the most beautiful stories ever told. It's aged very well.

Vor 2 years
Jorge A. Aguilar
Jorge A. Aguilar

The one scene that always gets me is the one where Forrest learns that his son won't go through life the way he did. Forrest's son won't live confused and vulnerable. It's super heart warming This is one of your best videos. I did not think of this movie that way

Vor year
Robyn MARKOW
Robyn MARKOW

In a nutshell: Forrest Gump is the innocence & determination of the American Dream, Jenny is the dark side ,their marriage is the reconciliation of both & their child represents hope for it's future..

Vor year
Im the best thing since sliced Rice
Im the best thing since sliced Rice

One of my favorite movies where it has everything from comedy to action then to drama. Moral of the story for me is learn to ignore the negative things in life and keep your focus on your goals

Vor 2 years
alex thelizardking
alex thelizardking

General_Buttcrack _Naked Focusing on goals which he didn't want caused Forrest to ignore his loved ones.

Vor 2 years
brandon Coffey
brandon Coffey

Spot on. This movie has been my favorite movie since I first watched it. It has so much wisdom in it that is timeless. Like Gumps limitless capacity for love. The reason Gump is able to avoid toxic things such as racism, war, hate, greed, pride, and ego, is because he is pretty much the embodiment of unconditional love. Unlike most ppl in his life he knew what was important and he stayed focused on those things. His morals and ethics kept him grounded as he ran for what really mattered, love. As a result each person in his life was impacted and made better from having been loved by Gump. Jenny finally ended her endless cycle of self destruction, married and allowed herself to love for once in her life before her passing. Dan may have lost his meaning for life in the war, and came home scarred but Gump helped him realize there r more important things than dying in battle for no cause. As a result Dan got new legs, got rich, and settled down himself. Bubba passed away before he got to see his dreams come true, but because of Gump's love for him, his dreams came true due to Gumps ethics and love. Gump promised bubba, and he knew even in death, a promise is a promise to those u love. Gumps mom was impacted in a special way as well. Seeing her son's capacity for love and the changes he made just by being near ppl allowed her a purpose. Byyond the pain she felt from being abandoned by her husband, and her son being viewed as less than equal by the world around them she managed to have unconditional love for her son. This impacted Forrest in a big way allowing for him to inherit his mother's love and enhance its capacity. And his son inherited the best sides of both his parents. Offering us hope for a better future. More ppl need to see this movie and this video. Maybe it will help relieve the stress in America right now. What this movie teaches is that if everyone loved like Gump eventually the country and the world would b a better place.

Vor 2 years
Thomas _ TK
Thomas _ TK

17:34 "She discovered a way to expand her mind and live in harmony", lmao I love Gump's reactions to Jenny taking acid

Vor year
sparkle singh
sparkle singh

When I first watched Forrest Gump, Bubba's death really killed me, it truly reflected the pointlessness of the Vietnam War by showing the death of just a normal loveable character.

Vor year
grilledpineapple
grilledpineapple

Bravo, this analysis was beautiful and exactly what I needed. Thank you for creating such high quality content~ hoping more and more people will re-watch the movie (or watch for the first time) with this lens!!!

Vor 2 years
Debra Conner
Debra Conner

I love watching this movie. It captures the times and the music with amazing accuracy. You are right about it being a confusing and tumultuous time! My cousin was a paratrooper in Vietnam, and I was in 7th grade when Bobby Kennedy was killed. It was a class assignment to watch the convention that night, so I saw the confusion and heard the first announcement that he had been shot. It was heart wrenching. He was so well liked by so many.

Vor year
SandoTrini
SandoTrini

Truly a masterpiece. This piece does justice to the movie as well. Well done!

Vor 2 years
Amine Semlali
Amine Semlali

Thank you ladies for your great analysis, this film is truly a masterpiece

Vor 2 years
TIFFANY PERSAUD
TIFFANY PERSAUD

Your videos are so impressive. I think you sit down for tea with the creators of these films for five years to know what you know. Such a joy to watch. Keep going! When I became an adult, I realized Forrest was on the autism spectrum and when I was a kid thought nothing was wrong with him. I still don’t. It is not simply his zeal for running, Forrest has a tender heart that never fails.

Vor 2 years
Miss Moxie
Miss Moxie

I’m not so sure

Vor 2 years
Craig Cavaliere
Craig Cavaliere

I haven't watched the movie in probably at least a dozen years and would have never thought of it. But I am now the parent of an autistic child and have taken three semesters of professional development in autism, it's very evident that Forrest is on the spectrum.

Vor 2 years
Crippy Sport
Crippy Sport

Please do Fresh Prince of Bel Air. So much commentary on colourism and how black America often struggle to support one another

Vor 2 years
Mo. Ka.
Mo. Ka.

@NachoBroRyan im black and i don't notice racism

Vor year
Jaming Rythm
Jaming Rythm

@spammalina Exactly. It isn't "us" and "them". That is what divides people. We are all human, it's just one big us. Also when a show brings up racial struggles I get that, but at the same time where else is that being represented or adressed? When these racial struggles are brought up, we shouldn't argue about them not being necessary cause clearly they are. Instead we should work towards a solution together

Vor 2 years
omari lens
omari lens

Harry Warden Stop acting like such a victim, the most racist things us whites face are jokes and random people on the internet whose opinions hold no power in actual real world situations. Have you ever actually experienced real life racism before? If so I would love to hear about that because personally, I’ve never been in a situation where someone made a judgement about me based on race.

Vor 2 years
Al McKlive
Al McKlive

It's been a tradition for me watching this at least once a year. It sorta serves me like a reminder of many great things we have within us all, and I still can find a new meanings to it. This film was so essential during my formative years and i hope my children learn something good from it too when the time comes.

Vor 2 years
Uche Esomonu
Uche Esomonu

when Forrest asks Jenny if their son is smart, I break down

Vor 2 years
Tanya Kasim
Tanya Kasim

Same. 😭

Vor year
Rusty Nailz
Rusty Nailz

Whole scene is very emotional. Like how they watch Burt & Ernie the same way..touching.

Vor 2 years
Alex Carmer
Alex Carmer

Just found this channel because I watch a lot of video essays. I like your style and I'm glad you make these. Thank you, Alex

Vor 2 years
Flayre
Flayre

Forrest Gump is the best historical-fictional anime I've ever watched.

Vor 2 years
warrbrand
warrbrand

Fax

Vor 2 years
Saim Ali Shahid
Saim Ali Shahid

You best believe it

Vor 2 years
ThatGothGamer Daven
ThatGothGamer Daven

This is one of the best movies ever made. I won’t lie this video made me tear up a bit. Thank you so much for making this video.

Vor 2 years
Psy Lee
Psy Lee

But it's a myth

Vor 2 years
Liber Polo
Liber Polo

Saikat Bhattacharjee This is such a historical movie! My best friend was somewhere down in South America, and still felt the impact of this film!

Vor 2 years
Boo T Kill Errr
Boo T Kill Errr

I teared up like 10 times watching this hahaha Walmart doesn’t carry forest Gump sadly but I’ll watch it online somehow

Vor 2 years
Saikat Bhattacharjee
Saikat Bhattacharjee

Me too. And I am Indian.

Vor 2 years
James Dodge
James Dodge

I tell you its was the onions that made me tear up !

Vor 2 years
Mark Hall
Mark Hall

Thank you for this video. And for the observations you have offered. This movie was pure genius, and so touching on many levels. I came out of this same era, and it is not only part of my memories, but part of America's collective consciousness that I pray is not lost, but waiting to be remembered and honored once more.

Vor 2 years
Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne

"She was like an angel" - my favourite line. Gets me every time. Forrest deserves Jenny and she needs him. He sees past her unkempt exterior and sullen nature and she sees someone who has time for her without judgement. Beautiful

Vor 4 Monate
Crystal Powell
Crystal Powell

This video made me cry (good tears) multiple times, as the movie did. Thanks for reminding me of this phenomenal film.

Vor 2 years
KAL
KAL

I love the analysis of how Forrest and Jenny mirror each other. It's intuitive but you articulated it beautifully.

Vor 2 years
Twenty-One Twenty Productions
Twenty-One Twenty Productions

Objectively, one of the greatest films ever made. Subjectively, the greatest film ever made. Robert Zemeckis is an underrated Filmmaker

Vor 2 years
María Fontana
María Fontana

I love this movie so much I can't even watch a video essay about it without crying. Thank you, Forrest

Vor 2 years
Jason Ji
Jason Ji

you have always managed to amaze me with your analysis on movie characters. keep up the good work!

Vor 2 years
DavidsProductions
DavidsProductions

Absolutely magnificent and hands down best analysis I’ve seen for this monumental movie. It is obvious you didn’t cut any corners and worked extremely hard covering everything absolutely beautifully perfect. The time and effort it took analyzing this movie in the great depth it deserved must’ve been exhaustive but I truly feel you created something that is just as incredible, important, as Forrest Gump itself. You created something that is a necessity and 25 years after release made it so anyone who only watches this movie are viewing the incomplete version. I truly feel (as a huge huge huge fan of the movie) your video is a mandatory watch for the Complete and Definitive Version of Forrest Gump. I sincerely believe you created nothing less than and absolute masterpiece. I am astonished that a movie review could end up being a completely new work of art equivalent to the greatness of tr movie. And although your masterpiece is complimentary to Forrest Gump, make no mistake you created a work of art that stands alone and is completely yours. This video showcases your genius, brilliance,drive, and dedication and you should feel proud of your accomplishment. Thank you!!!!

Vor 2 years
D M
D M

Comparing Forrest Gump to the great gatsby would be really interesting. You see men who start poor become rich, one through reinvention and the creation of a persona, and one through staying true to himself. They both encapsulate the allure of the American dream and the American spirit. Above any materialism, they desire love and are persistent in that dream. Gatsby desires his own idealised, perfect vision of daisy that doesn’t exist whereas what gump wants is a very real Jenny, regardless of any flaws she may have. Forrest Gump acts as a celebration of capitalism and reconciles capitalism with the most humane aspects of America whereas the great gatsby warns against it and illustrates capitalism as incompatible with these other values.

Vor 2 years
Gary L
Gary L

@D M You are right. America is pop culture which has become World culture, which is both good and bad. Use your intelligence to be able to figure out the differences for yourself. GOOD LUCK! and QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Vor 2 years
D M
D M

Gary L thank you ! I’ve never seen either of those movies but I find america really interesting, especially because it’s pop culture and media is deeply ingrained in universal culture and appeal to a lot of people.

Vor 2 years
Gary L
Gary L

Well done. More food(films) for thought: Compare the themes of Arthur Millers "The Crucible," made into a movie with Daniel Day Lewis, with Elia Kazans' classic "On the Waterfront". Both written around the post WWII "McCarthy Era" 1950's they both have very different attitudes and conclusions vis a vis what "America" and "Americans" are all about. What adds to the fun is that Kazan and Miller really hated each other -with a passion.

Vor 2 years
John Laccohee-Joslin
John Laccohee-Joslin

Forrest Gump was without doubt one of tne best movies of our time. It shows that there is a predudice against any thing or any one who is not quite the same as us, despite that hidden under that different clock is a wonderful loving human capable of showing up those who are afraid of the slight difference and respond with a gang type mentality to segrigate. I think the choice of actors could not have been better, along with the place of his upbringing, truly a great picture.

Vor 2 years
Megarobotsquadron
Megarobotsquadron

This is a fantastic video. Your breakdown is great. As a non-american, this movie always sat differently to me. I know they said that it wasn't political, but I have a hard time watching this movie because of that. It just strikes me as a description of historical and modern America through the eyes of someone who would describe themselves as a true conservative

Vor 2 years
movie guy99
movie guy99

If they remade Forrest Gump for this generation I wonder what cultural events he would be influencing... - Runs into Kurt Cobain gives him the idea for Smells Like Teen Spirit because he tells him something about his body odor. - Meets Mark Zuckerberg tells him that he wishes there was some way he could see pictures of Jenny and what shes been up to so that he would know if she was ok. - Instead of ping pong champion becomes video game champion. - Meets George W Bush...."Momma tells me to appreciate my smarts because theres always someone who has less." - Witnesses 9/11 and all our mass shootings..."Folks sure was awful angry during those times."

Vor 2 years
Sheila Gravely
Sheila Gravely

Brilliant!

Vor year
Lenemus
Lenemus

No. No. No. Every remade movie sucks.

Vor year
Eccremocarpus scaber
Eccremocarpus scaber

Naming is Difficult but SJWs actually, honestly exist in large numbers. True “Nazis” are very few and far between.

Vor year
gilbert rosa
gilbert rosa

Good one

Vor year
Cole P
Cole P

There does need to be a Millennial equivalent to Forest Gump. I'm not talking about a reboot, that's just cringy and lazy. I mean something that is original. But like others have said, it would mostly likely will not happen because of the stifling pollical crap in Hollywood right now.

Vor 2 years
howard baxter
howard baxter

Without a doubt, Forrest Gump is my favorite movie of all time.

Vor 2 years
Yushi Kuang
Yushi Kuang

I always love this film but i didn’t know there were so much symbolism. I just enjoy the film . Just like Forrest will have done.

Vor year
Ellie
Ellie

I always cry at this movie, no matter how many times I watch it, I can never keep it together

Vor 2 years
Robert Earhart
Robert Earhart

What a great video that gave added depth to a movie I have also loved for its simplicity! Thank you both!

Vor 2 years
Slinger
Slinger

I remember my dad showing this to me when I was 7, it is by far the greatest movie I have watched and will watch

Vor 2 years
Psychedelic GB Yeti
Psychedelic GB Yeti

This is one of my favorite movies and this analysis had need tearing up a few times! Great video 💕

Vor 2 years
Crippy Sport
Crippy Sport

Love the movie, love the special effects, but I hate what they did with Jenny. Robin Wright deserved better than a manipulator of a character. Her performance was fantastic, however.

Vor 2 years
Gary L
Gary L

Robin Wright is an actress -this is what she does for a living. BTW-Actors love to play villains and"complex dark characters," thats what gives them props from their peers & visibility when OSCAR time rolls around. Making Forrest Gump(the ultimate "MANIC PIXIE DREAM GUY") sympathetic was relatively easy for Tom Hanks. The same cannot be said for getting the "true character" of Jenny on film and still try to be sympathetic in any way-that was hard......

Vor 2 years
Robert Gillespie
Robert Gillespie

Forrest Gump is in my top 3 favorite movies of all time and I’ve never put all the pieces together till y’all explained it here. This has to be the best video essay I’ve ever seen. Keep up the excellent work!

Vor 2 years
Death Disco
Death Disco

Myth is exactly the word, and Forrest represents the american myth very well, though I don’t think it’s the interpretation you think. The movie portrays a character, or country, rewriting history to appear kind and altruistic, lucking through life and creating major positive change in the world without effort. But it’s just that. A myth. It’s what America wants to be but fails. All of it in the shadow of the reality of American culture and politics such as the Vietnam War and atrocities committed in the name of advancement. The cruelty of american events in the 60s and 70s plays an almost background character, on purpose, as if swept under the rug in the name of a good story. This is the actual message of Forrest Gump, the interpretation portrayed in this video is shallow and exactly the kind of portrayal the movie satires.

Vor 2 years
Nanii Knoee
Nanii Knoee

VERY TRUE FOR BOTH SIDES!! I think it’s essential to acknowledge that yes on one side it seems like they’re trying to rewrite dark times of American history but also even shedding light of the possibility of what we can become. I think both perspectives call for accountability, which is the essential core value of this movie. Hold yourself true to what you say you are and what you believe in, this recreating a better future generation.

Vor Monat
Rubaba Rehman
Rubaba Rehman

Death Disco an interpretation is an interpretation, it doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong, which also means what you interpret the movie as isn’t right or wrong either.

Vor 2 years
Kaylyn Elise
Kaylyn Elise

Way to create a movie breakdown that is causing so many to break down themselves, in the most beautiful way❤️

Vor 2 years
Certified Entertainment 254
Certified Entertainment 254

Also, you forgot how Forrest was sitting the entire time for his bus to arrive only to find out his destination was a few blocks away, which I think it symbolizes how people take a long time to get where they are supposed to be in life if they are with the right company to guide them.

Vor 2 years
Valerie De La Cruz
Valerie De La Cruz

The “is he smart or is he... like..” gets me everything because he points to himself 😭

Vor 2 years
Wing Flanagan
Wing Flanagan

This is a great video. I could not have said it better. SInce I first saw it, I have always regard Forrest Gump as the one film I would show people from other countries if they wanted to know everything important about America. In this film, we find America's good heart and its sad, wounded soul; its greatest virtues and its darkest sins. It is a great film.

Vor 2 years
Boxed Water
Boxed Water

@Thoughts 99 It's only a myth if you tell them this interpretation. But even without understanding this interpretation, this film is actually better than many useless Hollywood films these days. It actually teach us something, showing people another perspective, another side of USA that we don't see in the media these days (or at least for me). I find it also entertaining and refreshing. It doesn't matter if it's a fiction, the writer of the novel must've drawn some inspiration from the real life anyway. (Edit: grammar)

Vor 2 years
Thoughts 99
Thoughts 99

Wing Flanagan Makes sense. In agreement.

Vor 2 years
Wing Flanagan
Wing Flanagan

Femme Futile I think I understand your point, but I was not talking about actual histoy. For that there are probably thosands of better choices, many, if not most of them documentaries. No, I was referring to understanding our psychology, our outlook, our character. Fiction is MUCH better at capturing the zeitgeist than than a recitation of facts (although there are some excellent documentaries that manage to do that, also, they tend to be the exception rather than the rule). Forrest Gump has the power of metaphor. I'm not hesitant to say that it certainly captures my view of America. I grew up in the era that it takes place in. To me, at least, it reflects the spirit of those times beautifully. Not sure that was your actual point, but it's how I understood it. :-)

Vor 2 years
Thoughts 99
Thoughts 99

It would actually be a pretty bad movie to show other people. The point is it’s a myth, not reality. In real America, most of these things wouldn’t have happened. There is also the fact that this takes place after WWII when America was prosperous and in the American South buffered with old time sweetness.

Vor 2 years
Boxed Water
Boxed Water

great idea! I'm not American and I approve👍

Vor 2 years
Stephen Powstinger
Stephen Powstinger

Thanks for highlighting important scenes in the movie. It has been years since I saw it and had forgotten so much of the rich detail. Actually I expected a more critical review - and they are out there.

Vor 2 years
Neola.
Neola.

This is a really great analysis. I lived in the us for 4 years now and I can tell that a lot of people may not get over the American myth at all. And that’s not good.

Vor year

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