This is a whole different kind of story. It's unique and nothing similar with anything I have ever watched before. Before all this is a gentle story. It shows how life effortlessly flows when you do not force it. This gentle energy follows through the whole story, and even when the Forest is in Vietnam army.
I would say that there are few things that movie clearly shows.
First one I would emphasize is the love that Forest has for every man and woman around him. He selflessly helps everyone who needs help and he’s been reworded for that by “god” or “universe” whatever you want to call It. He’s been reworded greatly. Watching this movie fills you with love and kindness, and those are very powerful emotions to have.
Secondly I would say that the way he helped and loved everyone around he was doing it with no intentions what so ever. When he sees man in need he helps him no matter what. He ain’t thinking about if he could have any use from this man he’s saving. He doesn’t care about it. This is the reason he had so many good things happening to him, instead of all his lacks.
Third is his effortless action. Whatever he encounters in life he embraces and doesn’t fight it. It’s like he just says OK to it. I know from my own life I do calculate a lot. I am thinking should I do this or that, take this or that…a lot of trying’ to control my own life. And I got myself fighting with some situations thinking they shouldn't’t be happening. But from this movie I see that all situations we encounter are really meant to be happening and that we should accept them.
Forest is kind of guy who doesn’t really think much about what he doesn’t like. Mostly he emphasizes only positive things out of any situation. Forest: “Good thing about Vietnam was there was always some place to go. And there was always something to do.”
Another thing was that he really without any attention met few of the USA presidents and was awarded by them. Each time he was receiving his reward he did something to embarrass himself on TV while accepting award. But he didn’t think about it like that. Like when he said “I got to pee” in front of President Kennedy on live TV. Because people are usually really taking serious presidents and other things in life and Forest showed how these so called “formal meetings” were no different than others that were not thought as formal. It only depends how you think of it.
In the end I would like to just say Forest is lucky for not being able to use his critical mind too much. He thinks about the things he likes even when bad things are happening to him. Most of the time he follows his feelings and instincts. I would say that is his secret.
Rent or buy Forrest Gump here.