Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) was never one of the smartest kids at school - his IQ was not initially adequate enough to go to 'normal' school - but he found a love of running which helped in many times through his life.
His first school friend, Jenny (Robin Wright), later became the girl he endearingly fawned over, but they found themselves separated when Jenny entered the 60's hippie cult and Forrest joined the army.
Through his life Forrest encounters many famous people as well as making friends with Lieutenant Dan and Bubba Blue.
Few of us can put ourselves in Forrest Gump's running shoes. He has a life that we all wish we could all be a part of thanks not only to his unique outlook but because of the places he unwittingly found himself in. This is beautifully summed up by the reactions of the passers by at the bus stop - which in itself is an equally charming metaphor for those who have been briefly touched by Forrest's brief moments in their lives.
I caught a glimpse of Saving Private Ryan on television a couple of days ago and thought it was extraordinary how Tom Hanks can take on two roles that seem to be polar opposites of one another. Similarities can be drawn, however. Both characters featured in the army and they both have a huge empathy for others. It is Hanks' abilities to draw on his strengths that enables him to take on roles that appear drastically different on the surface.
Alongside Back To The Future in Robert Zemeckis' finest films. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I'm rating it because, even though it might not be theatrically perfect, if you don't think it's worthy of five stars you simply don't have a heart.