The 76th movie on the AFI’s top 100 movies is Forrest Gump, released in 1994. Really, has it been that long. I can still remember seeing the film in the theatre. I have seen bits and pieces of it over the years. This holiday season it was on the telly, which worked out well for me.
I won’t go into too much detail about the plot. Forrest isn’t the brightest guy, but he’s a sweetheart. And he had a knack for being present at many important turning points in American history. However, that didn’t matter much to him. He’s on a quest to be with his true love, Jenny. Jenny is kind, loving, and plagued with inner demons. Can the simple Forrest ease her sorrows?
This film was a hit with critics and movie goers. It won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay. I know I enjoy the film, even when I only watch a few minutes of it.
Some of you may or may not know that a themed restaurant based on the film opened in 1996. Since then, several of them have opened, including one in Times Square, New York City. We don’t know how, but each time we go to NYC we go to Bubba Gump. It’s our thing. I’m a shrimp fan. And the mud pie dessert is good as well. The staff is always friendly and let’s be honest, the cheese factor is high. It’s an entertaining place to go.
In 2011 the better half and I spent three months apart. I was closing the apartment in Boston and the better half was finding us a place to live in London while getting settled into the new job. It was a long three months. Before I moved to London we had plans to meet in New York for the US Open. We arrived in the city around the same time. I took the bus, the better half flew in. Instead of meeting at the top of the Empire State Building we bet at Bubba Gump. Since I didn’t have to go through customs and baggage claim I arrived first. I sat at the bar sipping a beer and looking at the entrance every few seconds. Of course, the better half walked in when I wasn’t paying attention since I was watching the movie that is always playing in the bar. There’s no sound, but it isn’t hard to follow along since I’ve seen the movie a million times. It was a wonderful moment. It’s great that even after nine years we still enjoy being around each other and get excited to see each other after being apart.
Up next on my list is In the Heat of the Night, a movie I haven’t seen.