Monday, 18 February 2013

What's Eating Gilbert Grape Review











What's Eating Gilbert Grape


Release Date: 23rd June 1994 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 113 minutes


Budget: $11,000,000

Box Office Gross: $10,032,765
(USA)


Plot Summary
As this happily eccentric
slice of small-town life
unfolds, Gilbert's destiny
appears to be to keep an
ever-watchful eye on his
mentally impaired brother,
Arnie. However, when an
enchanting young stranger
catches Gilbert's eye, his
haplessly routine life
receives a much-needed
upturn.


Cast
Johnny Depp - Gilbert Grape
Juliette Lewis - Becky
Leonardo DiCaprio - Arnie Grape
Mary Steenburgen - Betty Carver
John C. Reilly - Tucker Van Dyke
Kevin Tighe - Ken Carver
Crispin Glover - Bobby McBurney
Darlene Cates - Bonnie Grape
Laura Harrington - Amy Grape
Mary Kate Schellhardt - Ellen Grape

Crew
Executive Producer/Director -
Lasse Hallstrom
Based on Novel/Screenplay -
Peter Hedges
Producers - Meir Teper, Bertil
Ohlsson & David Matalon
Production Designer - Bernt Capra
Director of Photography - Sven Nykvist
Film Editor - Andrew Mondshein
Music - Alan Parker &
Bjorn Isfalt


Awards

1994 Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Leonard DiCaprio (Nominated)


Review
Surprisingly, I only discovered this movie in last year of 2012, I only seen the AMERICAN DAD parody with squirrels. WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE is a rather unique and fascinating drama picture that I didn't actually know about. In reflecting on the cast and characters, I begin with Arnie Grape where at the start, I don't really like this character because he is very troublesome and proves to be quite a handful for primary carer Gilbert. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio who provides great acting performance for Arnie who has an intellectual disability which I presumed him to be severely autistic and that was his breakthrough role that made him a star and last, there’s Johnny Depp who plays and does a superb performance of the main character Gilbert Grape. Gilbert is a poor bloke who is so overwhelmed and under pressure from looking after his mother who suffers from obesity and his brother Arnie, I really feel bad for him.

WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE is my personal third best film of 1994, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I strongly recommend everyone to see this classic that everybody has heard of.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


3 comments:

  1. hello film guru lad
    I seen this movie sometime ago and agree with you it makes you feel for gilbert and what an amazing effort Leonardo put in.

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  2. Hi FGL,

    Loved this movie (read book first - also loved). Great acting especially Leonardo DiCaprio. Not all that fussed on Johnny Depp but liked him in this.

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    1. Me too, but I like DiCaprio the most.

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