Testament to how great this film is, I can remember the plot almost scene for scene, despite not watching the film in almost 5 years. It was like no other film I had ever watched. Tom Hanks is now one of my favourite actors, but I didn't really rate him when I first got around to watching this film. Perhaps I was too young to fully comprehend and appreciate the plot when I saw it for the first time, but since then I've come to see it as an extremely emotional and involving film.
The plot sees Forrest elaborate and recapitulate his life experiences to passers by who sit with him on a park bench as he waits for a bus. It eventually evolves to follow him through the remainder of the day and over the next few years of his life. It is an extraordinary performance from Tom Hanks in this film, I can not praise him enough. He deserves every Oscar going for the next ten years or so just because of it!
I find it difficult to watch now because you become so attached to the characters. You see how their relationship with Forrest evolves, in some cases, since he was very young and then see how their vices cripple and destroy them, while Forrest remains completely innocuous and innocent. It is extremely moving at times. It is a fantastic script enacted by an amazing cast. Enough said.