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(In fact, the relationship is not expanded upon in Forrest Gump; in the succeeding book Gump & Co. Groom in fact writes that Forrest and. Forrest Gump is almost entirely a story told by a man sitting on a park bench, waiting for the spine, and his relationship with his mother, and by the end of the movie, he is sitting next to an older YOU GO FORREST CO-CO. He and his son had no real relationship. He was constantly around Jenny-- he couldn't keep away. But with little forrest, he barely sees him. Then end seemed.
What is interesting in the case of Forrest Gump is that this approach is reversed. Rather than relying on the fame of the book to guarantee the film a sizeable audience, director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Eric Roth chose to adapt a fairly obscure novel by a then little-known writer, Winston Groom, whose best known work up to that point, Conversations with the Enemy, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was a nonfictional exploration of the controversy surrounding Robert Garnwood, a Marine who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and was later accused of collaborating with the Viet Cong.
Forrest Gump the film was a huge financial success: By the end of the novel, re-issued with the film poster on its cover, had sold 1. For example, in the case of Forrest Gump, once Tom Hanks had been cast in the central role, it was obviously impossible to make the Forrest Gump of the film almost 2 metres tall six foot six and about kg poundsas he is in the book, where it is as much his enormous size as his amazing speed that first gets him into the All State Football team.
This is not of course the only difference between the two Gumps. In this paper, I shall be concentrating on three main areas of transformation. I shall attempt to suggest reasons why the screenwriter and the director chose to completely re-write the novel for its screen version.
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A question of idiocy: I been a idiot since I was born. My IQ is near 70, which qualifies me, so they say.
The idiot savant is defined within the novel by Doctor Mills as a person who cannot tie a necktie, who can barely lace up his shoes, who has the mental capacity of perhaps a six-to-ten year old […]. But the mind of the idiot savant has rare pockets of brilliance, so that Forrest here can solve advanced mathematical equations […] and he can pick up complex musical themes with the ease of Liszt or Beethoven Zemeckis used some of Music in particular has an important part in the novel: They are replaced in the film by Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
The King, a lodger in the Gumps' house, mimics the young Forrest's somewhat mechanical way of dancing and moving around with his leg-braces and makes it his own.
The satirical overtones of his name notwithstanding, Doctor Quackenbush opens up new insights for Forrest and makes him aware of his social role as well as his satirical function: He go on like this for a wile, an it begun to become apparent to me that idiots was not jus useless people, but was put here for a purpose At least that is somethin.
The aim was to show how even an idiot could be part of American history the integration of the University of Alabama, for instance without his realizing it, or even unwittingly trigger major historical events like the Watergate episode.
The film director and producer thus privileged cinematic technical innovation and played down the satirical dimension of the novel. When Forrest Gump was produced, the use of digital technology was revolutionising modern filmmaking.
Forrest Gump was the first film to apply them for the purpose of recreating history or simply to save on sets. Each of the historical moments for which Tom Hanks is present are just that: But all of these 'celebrated' moments are nominalized to the point of interchangeability and presented without explanation or context.
Thus Wallace on the schoolhouse steps is basically undifferentiated from Kennedy in the White House, and both are equated with the smiley face logo on a muddy t-shirt and the bumper sticker phrase 'shit happens. Other, that is, than Forrest's presence at them all.
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As well as a mild and amusing reflection on some aspects of American culture the fact that Forrest is seen as a sort of guru by his followers, for exampleit is also a visual hymn to the beauty and diversity of America which is clearly at odds with the much more satirical background of the novel. For example the Vietnam War which occupies, directly and indirectly, the majority of the narrative--is portrayed as a time and a crisis which divides people into only two camps: The war protesters are all portrayed as either confused and neurotic his virtual girlfriend, Jennyviolent and neurotic her boyfriendor exploitive and neurotic the huckster-like presentation of Jerry Rubin at an anti-war rally--a rally where Forrest's speech is, appropriately enough, entirely dead air ; while those he soldiers with are either sentimentally simple his friend Bubbaor sentimentally grandiose Lt.
Dan, who wishes to die with his troops to continue a family tradition.
Thus the logic of the film seems to be that if one has dearly-held political beliefs, those beliefs are a nothing more than a symptom of insanity, in that they represent a commitment to an idea; but if one engages in obsessive emotional attachments, then one is engaging in the noblest aspects of what it means to be human Allen, n.
A question of characterisation: In the novel however, he smokes marijuana and at one point he even becomes, as Jenny puts it to him, a totally stoned vegetable head. He also has quite a few sexual experiences, the first one as a teenager with one of his mother's lodgers called, characteristically, Miss French.
His relationship with Jenny is also much more physical than in the overly romantic movie: And as a slightly older person, I remember it as the year that every single amazing movie ever made was released! Tom Hanks, I owe you so much of my heart. Talk to strangers, you never know who you are going to meet. The movie begins and Forrest is telling a disinterested woman about his crooked spine, and his relationship with his mother, and by the end of the movie, he is sitting next to an older tear-filled woman who tells him he has been waiting for a bus unnecessarily this whole time.
I totally agreed; I am the kind of person who tends to get irritated with rambling strangers, but it is important to remember that you never know who is talking to you, and what they may be able to teach you.
Expand your horizons, we are all different. Gump tells him the truth, disguised in a poorly defined word. My dad also went on vacation, so this probably made me cry when I was a kid. Stupid is as stupid does. Forrest repeats this line plenty of times throughout the film, something Mama Gump taught him as a young, not-so-intelligent boy.
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Forrest is called stupid a thousand times throughout his life, but he is never phased. Oh, to be so calm and patient with mankind. Some of the absolute smartest people I have ever met in my entire life double up as some of the dumbest, because?
Just because you are a genius does not mean the dumb things you do are not dumb. Who knew anything about shrimp before Forrest Gump? You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. Not to mention well, definitely to mention, but not right here his loyalty to Jenny. If you need to clear your head, go for a run. Running is a huge theme throughout Forrest Gump, dating back to the first time kids throw rocks at the poor little braced up kiddo and Jenny, the already-love-of-his-life, tells him to run.
Forrest does not only run from bullies, but he runs for football, which gets him into college. That particular run comes from his personal heartbreak after he asks Jenny to marry him, she declines, though comes into his room to make love to him, only to disappear in the morning.
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Forrest loves Jenny his entire life, and man, I think I would have to go for a three year run if my heart hurt that bad, as well. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running! You must put the past behind you before you can move on. Another lesson Mama Gump taught Forrest, and he teaches us, though I admit this is a thing I believe I still need to hone in on. I still have a poster of Titanic up in my bedroom, which is not only not putting the past behind me, but is probably hindering my ability to get a boyfriend.
Though still young when she was taken away from him and sent to live with her grandmother, there are some things you cannot let go of easily, if ever.