Why it rocks: There are plenty of laughs, just like there are plenty of tearjerkers. Forrest himself is normal, a little strange and sort of dumb, and that’s where he gets his great character from. The movie proves that someone doesn’t have to be smart. The lines are memorable, the characters are memorable and everything has some sort of meaning to it.
you can tell that the film is targeting the big box office but this doesn't detract from the magic. Forrest Gump is so lovable that one moves through the whole film to watch his life path and sometimes has to smile. but the film also aims at more serious tones like the vietnam war and death in general.
A thought crossed my mind many years after viewing this picture: Forrest Gump cannot succeed as a sentimental message picture, because it's message is irresponsible. It is a message of ignorance through bliss, the idea that life would be inherently easier without our pesky brains and ideas. Hanks plays his role as best he could, but the film mistakes a remarkably sad existence for a happy one.