Forest Gump ???Run Forest, Run???!
By Ryan Mulawka
Dr. Dwight Paulson
September 25, 2011
This paper is about a boy that would just not quit and that would be the movie Forest Gump and I will explain the very well established scene which many people know of till this day and I will show the insight of one of the most popular scenes from this highly acclaimed film, which is none other than the legendary Forrest Gump. This film is one that is joked about and will go down in history as one of the most memorable films of all time. This particular special scene that made the movie so powerful was named, ???Run, Forrest, Run!??? and many people have heard this quote, if not at a football game then maybe as a joke when someone is running from something like a bee. Sorry, this was a past experience of mine. This particular scene had a plot consisting of the two main characters Forrest & Jenny just meeting and soon after becoming friends that would hold a bond throughout life. At this time forest had just began schooling and had a pair of braces supporting his legs so he could walk. This was something that held him back from his true potential. At the end of this powerful scene he and jenny were being chased by some boys, which led to the backstory into his later life. When forest was being chased by these boys, this was when he gained the courage to do the impossible, he ran with the braces on, kind of wobbling, intill Forest ran so fast his braces came unattached and fell to the ground. This was when Jenny said the most famous quote of movie history, ???Run Forest, Run???. Those words gave Forest the power to overcome all odds and do the one thing that he couldn??™t do, which was run. Jenny gave him the strength. Every single element of the scene laid the foundation perfectly for the rest of the plot that came to follow.
The setting was back in the younger days of Forest??™s life, which was in the early 1950??™s, the setting sets the foundation for this boy??™s overall life because it shows how these old fashioned braces were holding him back, and if you pay close attention you can see the old style bikes that the boys were riding to chase him down. Everything from the hair styles all the way to the way that they talked, were all symbols of the early 50??™s. The clothes were also a special addition to the setting, the director and crew really had a keen eye for detail when it came to making a setting of the early 1950??™s. They had old cars, older style buildings, it really showed what Forest was raised around during his younger life. There was also a part where Forest ran past some convicts on the side of the road where they were doing old style punishment, ???breaking rocks???; this also helped to set the setting for the story. The overall setting sets the mood for the rest of the story because it shows what forest overcame to become what he was when he was an older man. The setting of the scene helps you understand the characters because it shows where they came from and what they overcame; this was the main part of the movie, where Forest gained the power to just fight back and run untill his legs couldn??™t move anymore, which was not likely to happen, if you happened to watch the full movie.
The costumes that were used in this scene were from the early days along with the hair style, the girl had a real girlish look while Forest had that clean cut hair style, this helped set some of the setting for the rest of the plot mainly because it showed that he wasn??™t dressed as some tough guy, or a preppy boy for that matter, he was dressed as if he just wanted to be a boy and enjoy life and well as his friend Jenny which had a real girlish dress on that just screamed baby doll at you. The story further down the road showed that Forest never changed; he was still that country boy that just loved to live life. The hair style can help tell this story because it shows what kind of people these two children were, they were clean and harmless, as were their hairdos. I think the hair is what explains a person, their hair helps signify what they are and how they think, someone with glamour hair, usually acts like a beauty queen as does a military haircut signifies a man of honor and courage. Hair can tell a lot about a person, or character for that matter.
Lighting played a big role in this scene, it helped put emphasize on the main characters and also the main objects that needed to have significance for the scene. When Forest took off running down the road, the light turned to his braces which began to crumble off of his legs, the light reflects off of each metal piece that hit the ground, this helped put great significance on this great feat that just took place before everyone??™s eyes. Another part that used lighting for their advantage was the time where the boys couldn??™t catch Forest running so they stopped, and the light lit Forest??™s smoke trail from him running so swiftly. The crew really knew how to put great emphasize on things using lighting to their advantage, one more part from the scene that used light for their advantage was when Jenny said the quote ???Run Forest, Run???!, the light lit her face up when those words came out of her mouth.
The two main actors in this particular scene went by the names of Michael Conner Humphreys, he played as the younger Forrest Gump and his costar was Hanna Hall, who played younger Jenny Curran. I think that they did a wonderful job of playing their roles to the furthest of their potential; they really brought the light to the show that laid the parameters of the rest of the plot. The director of the film was Robert Zemeckis. This man won many awards for this movie, and he will be remembered as a great director from this great feat that he showed to the world. Don Burgees was the Photography director, which consisted of taking the best shots possible of the scene which was not only limited to lighting but also the location of the shots. Leslie McDonald was the art director and was in charge of making sure costumes and everything fit just right into the setting that they were trying to portray in the plot. (Palmer,2009)
This scene uses mise-en-scene in so many ways; it has put many factors all into one. One of the first examples would have to be, the two main actors who portrayed two younger characters which fit this particular scene just right which embedded nicely into the main plot, mainly because it was at the main character??™s time of youth. One more point that I would like to share would be how important the fact that the director went above and beyond to add the special effects to add an over whelming amount of emotion into this whole scene, most significantly the main point of the movie itself, the triumph. I think something else that came to interest was how the scene??™s initial mood was very relaxed which came into came to the interest of the total mood change at the end of scene, this was great because the two main characters were just enjoying one another??™s company, which led to the friendship and also them just having a good time. Then the mood changes to a victory type mood, because Forrest overcame the braces that were holding him back from having fun and playing outside like regular kids. This is what put such emphasize on the main plot. He showed courage and determination that many kids his age could never imagine showing. Ultimately I think the director and his crew went above and beyond their wildest dreams on this movie and the scene itself. I think he was pleased with the end result mainly because of the attention that his and his crew??™s efforts brought to the scene itself. I don??™t think he could of ever imagined this scene getting this much attention. It just comes to show you that, when efforts are put into something, there can always be a great type of satisfaction to follow in its wake.
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Movie Clip (Run forest, run) http://movieclips.com/eyji-forrest-gump-movie-run-forrest-run (Retrieved September 20, 2011)
Palmer, William J. (2009). “The New Historicist Films”. The Films of the Nineties: The Decade of Spin. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 26??“31