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Forrest Gump 4K Ultra               review by Bobby Blakey

There is no denying that Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood as well as one that has delivered some of the best performances out there. In the 90s he was on a big role with some great films including the Robert Zemeckis directed film Forrest Gump. The award winning film also starred Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise and is now getting the 4K Ultra treatment to bring home.

Forrest Gump follows Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation. Alongside his mamma, his best friend Bubba, and his favorite girl Jenny, Forrest has a ringside seat for the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. This entire film always baffled me and showcases how true star power can take something that could have gone horribly wrong and make it something so amazing. To this day I still think this is one of Hanks best and most iconic performances which says a lot since the man is pure brilliance on screen in everything he does. I remember seeing this film for the first time and was fully engaged from the very beginning and the same thing occurred once again here.

There are movies like this that no review can do it justice as it has likely been seen by everyone by this point and the greatness of it has to be seen to fully get it. There are tons of laughs, moments of tears, heart and drama that blends together to perfection. The supporting cast all come together as they inhabit Gump’s world. Williamson’s iconic montage of different kind of shrimp still gets me every time. It says a lot for a movie that takes a single character that is not the star and inspires an entire restaurant chain. The attention to detail in the varying time periods were impressive and important since most of the plot to this entire franchise relied on its ongoing story telling.

I have always loved this movie, but as I sat down to re-watch it I was reminded why. It’s just damned good. It offers up everything you could want in a film outside of superheroes, but of course you can kind of see Gump as a hero in his own right with saving Lt. Dan and the many other important things he was involved in here. I always hoped for a sequel to see the rest of his life, but since that is unlikely to happen we can at least revisit it with this all-new 4K Ultra Edition when it hits stores on June 12th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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