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Soundtrack review: Forest Gump (Alan Silvestri – 1994)

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Soundtrack review: Forest Gump (Alan Silvestri – 1994)

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Who doesn’t know “Forrest Gump”…Who hasn’t seen this movie at least one, who hasn’t cared for the main character and his wonderfully simple life…When the main theme “I’m Forrest…Forrest Gump” from Alan Silvestri starts, I almost get teary eyed remembering the marvelous movie and what it made me feel. I instantly see the white feather falling and the unmistakable silhouette…

The movie was all about the main character staying innocent and sensitive throughout all the experiences of his life. The score takes us along on that journey and serves as a great reminder of the memorable scenes from the film. “Run Forrest Run”, “The crimson Gump” and “The crusade” are the inspirational and louder cues of the score. They just lift my spirit up. The tender pieces echo deep inside me and Ailvestri found the right balance between innocence and drama. We’re seeing the world and hearing the music through the eyes and ears of Forrest Gump and his view is different…The bad things are not so bad, while the good things shine.

“Jenny returns” and “Jenny’s grave” are the two most emotional cues from the score. They just strike the right chords with me without being overly dramatic or pathetic. The grave scene in the movie is the one that always gets to me, no matter how many times I might see it. The cue makes me remember everything.

Alan Silvestri was the perfect man for the job of scoring “Forrest Gump”. Robert Zemekis went with his favorite composer and the connection they had helped us get a score for the ages, the perfect companion and reminder of one of the best movies ever made. And at the end, when “I’ll be there” plays, I dare you not to get something in the corner of your eye  remembering Forrest taking his son to the school bus…

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 39

Album excellence: 59%

Highlights:

I’m Forrest… Forrest Gump

You’re No Different

Run Forrest Run

The Crimson Gump

Jenny Returns

The Crusade

Forrest Meets Forrest

Jenny’s Grave

I’ll Be Right Here

Suite From Forrest Gump

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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