Friday, June 01, 2007

What did you like about Forrest Gump?


Forrest Gump was an interesting movie and despite the fact we only saw part of it, we still gained some good insight from it. Obviously casting Tom Hanks as Forrest was an excellent choice because he portrayed the character very well. I think overall the movie (or the parts of it we saw) did a good job of putting Vietnam in a neutral light without tainting it, from an objective point of view.

My questions are:

1. Do you think the movie accurately portrayed the war and the situations (setting aside the fact we know it was filmed in Georgia)?

2. What could they have done better to make it more realistic?

3. What do you think of the part where Lieutenant Dan pulls him on the floor and he accuses him of taking away his destiny? Was it his destiny? Should Forrest have left him there to die?




Jill M. -6th Hour

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the movie Forrest Gump they showed little about Vietnam but enough to understand what the actual war was all about. They showed us how traumatizing it was and how the men helped each other out.
I think Lieutenant Dan wanted Forrest to leave him there because he wanted know one to help him because he feels like its every man for themselves. Overall I think the movie gave us the real image of what Vietnam was like.
-Kellie H.

Anonymous said...

Yes i think that they accurately protrayed the war, so that you could understand what was going on.

I think that it was realistic enough they didnt need to make any changes.

Lieutenant Dan wanted Forrest to leave him their so he could die with his men, so he could keep his pride it was his destiny to die on the battle field and he felt that Forrest took it away from him. I think Forrest should have left him their to die but Forrest isnt smart enough to understand why Lieutenant Dan wanted to die so he was just trying to do the right thing.

KING CARR 6th HOUR

Anonymous said...

In the movie Forrest Gump they explained and showed things really well. I think the actual war scenes were very helpful in understanding more about the vietnam war. The only think i think they could of done to make it more realistic is explain and show more about training for the war. As for Lieuntenant Dan i don't think Forrest should have let him die. I think war ment alot to Lieutenant Dan and dieing in it was almmost like an honor, it would have shown that he died for his country. I think Lieutenant dan also believed in "every many for themselves" so Forrest kind of broke that rule when he went back and attempted to save all the wounded soldiars. Overall, i think it is a great movie that helps explain the war.
-Shayna S.

Zack said...

-What do you think of the part where Lieutenant Dan pulls him on the floor and he accuses him of taking away his destiny? Was it his destiny? Should Forrest have left him there to die?



I thought this particular scene in the movie was a great scene. Lieutenant Dan pulls forest off his bed and really tells forest what he is feeling. He tells forest that forest took away his destiny. His destiny was to die fighting for his country. Many generations of Lieutenant Dan's family have died fighting for his country. I feel that forest did the right thing by saving lieutenant Dan. He wasnt dying on the spot. Had forest left him there, he would have just been left to be killed by something else. Forest did the right thing by taking him out of harms way and saving his life.

Anonymous said...

i believe the movie did a excellenct job portraying the war. It gave great detail and it all looked real. I don't think they could have added anything to make it more realistic because it all seemed real. When Lieutenant Dan pulled him out i think it was to pull him together and basically tell him to face life. I think he should have done what he did to his friend. He was still alive and could get help. L. Dan wanted everone to believe that they couldn't help everyone and had to consentrate on helping themselves.

Ciara Embry-brown
6th hour

Anonymous said...

Yes, I think the war was accurately portrayed. However, we never know because we've only seen pictures of Vietnam, we weren't actually in the war.

To make the movie more realistic, they could have interviewed actual veterans of the Vietnam war to see what it was really like.

I think the part where Lieutenant Dan pulls Forrest on the floor is kind of sad. With no legs, Dan has felt like he has lost his purpose in life. I think Forrest should have left him there to die because that was Lieutenant Dan's dieing wish. I guess he wanted to carry on the legacy of his family by dieing in the Vietnam war.

Andy R.
6th hour

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do belive that the war was portrayed accurately. It was such a good movie!!

What could they do differently--maybe have more war protests shown and more college students going crazy and police beating them down. Hmm, I don't know maybe??

Forest is a good man. It was the right thing to do. It is hard though with Lieutenant Dan though, because it made sense that it was his destiny because all of his other male family members died that way. I don't think it was his destiny though. Itwasn't such a glorious way to die anyway. Forest did the right thing by taking him, and not leaving him there to die.

Leah Jackson
5th hour... ahem, the best hour.