Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is for Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump came to mind for "F" because I have had the pleasure of working with Jimbo Meador on several occasions. Winston Groome, the author of the book on which the movie is based, and Jimbo were childhood friends and still are I believe. Jimbo's voice and accent were studied by Tom Hanks as he prepared for the movie.

What makes Forrest Gump worth reading about? Well according to this blog there are several objects in the movie that one could interpret as symbols. The feather, running, the box of chocolates, and ping pong may all be more than they seem on the surface.

I find it interesting that the above blog has no ownership info that I can find. Is it Winston Groome's own site supporting the book/movie? or an adoring fan with time on their hands?

Philosophy Now, in this article also gives Forrest Gump a pretty good working over focusing on different symbols and a different mindset. Also interesting in a completely different way.

Funny how a simple thing sometimes is standing in for something complex. This leaves me wondering about other books and their underlying inferred or alleged symbology?

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