My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 1

I said I was going to do it, so here I am. This is the start of a new weekly post I’ll be writing, touching on the films and TV I’ve seen in the past week that doesn’t I don’t have a chance to review properly, as well as keeping you folks updated on the progress of my 2015 Movie Goals. This being only half a week, I’m only labelling it as Week Zero for the year, Week One proper will be this coming week.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have not been back to work since Christmas, so these past few days have been spent revelling in movie-land, including three trips to the cinema, which is pretty damn unheard of, if you ask me. So let’s stop dicking around and get on with it, shall we? Continue reading

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is built on one man’s incredible journey through the key moments of recent American history, from landmark events like the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal, to key figures of pop culture including Elvis Presley, John Lennon and several presidents. The seamless integration of Gump into archive footage subtly shows director Robert Zemeckis’ expansion on the technology he developed in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the soundtrack is suitable epic too, especially during the war sequences. As with most films I’m very familiar with, it’s the small touches I like the most, for example the way Gump’s eyes are shut in every photo he’s in, including the lifesize cardboard cutouts used for advertising ping pong bats. Also, the way Zemeckis makes life harder for himself is admirable, such as the shot panning up from [spoiler] Lt. Dan’s new prosthetic leg to his face could have been accomplished much more easily by simply cutting from the leg to his face, yet instead complex CGI is used to mimic the leg on Gary Sinise’s body. Tom Hanks is of course the heart and soul of the film, fully rounding his simple Gump with only admirable qualities, producing a truly heartbreaking performance at times.


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