Thanks to Twitter user @justinbaragona‘s question, “Who is the best bad guy ever in a movie?”, we have a pretty wild hot take from @michaelbd, who asserted, “Jenny, Forrest Gump.”
Yeah. Just … hang on a sec, you might be thinking. Because I, too, am a little curious and skeptical about how we’re going to turn an abused child who grows up not dealing with that abuse into the villain. So let’s dive in…
First, the counter argument:
But @Robvander came in with a rebuttal:
But @Ed_Realist disagrees with that (as do I, for what it’s worth).
And THANK YOU, @Youcanthandle7, for saying exactly what I feel.
But the real problem may be a little more meta than anything we’ve seen at this point.
(I would probably argue that that’s the point: we’re seeing this film through Gump’s eyes, and he has the mentality of a child. She’s part of his child-like self-fairy tale.)
Other people thought she really injected herself and stole the limelight in the scene @Ed_Realist mentioned above.
Or perhaps Jenny is simply a bad person.
But really, doesn’t it show that Jenny is a 3-D human being with issues of her own?
And she can’t be the villain because villains do things with intent and Jenny never meant to hurt anyone.
They also pointed out that Jenny was an addict and did not know the pain she inflicted.
But ultimately, and I entirely agree, this is a ridiculous take.