What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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This was a curious yet mildly disappointing film that was well-acted without being very well-written. As it is a book adaptation, I wonder whether original plot-lines were different: would we get to know the women of the family better? Would Gilbert not having an insurance have any weight? Would there really be that much of a romantic development? (For all the screen time dedicated to it, the relationship between Becky and Gilbert contains very little – apart from an early version Manic Pixie Dream Girl.)
Leonardo DiCaprio is great in the part of the younger brother. In fact, this film goes to prove my prior belief wrong: I have been under the impression that DiCaprio can only portray physical conditions (e.g. the suffering in The Revenant), not emotional ones.
Darlene Cates is a presence, with her silence or words always dominating the scene. I rather with we had more of her, as opposed to the repeated visions of Gilbert (Depp) staring soulfully into the distance, as the wind plays with his locks the fake shade or red.
Also spotted: a young John C. Reilly, a Nikolaj Coster-Waldau look-alike, and a town where getting their own Burger Barn just might be the biggest event of the year.
A good story about a family in a small town and a very selfless young man called Gilbert Grape.
Great acting by Leonardo DiCaprio... he made me completely forget that I was not watching a person with an actual disorder but just an actor. Wonderful. Johnny Depp was great as well, he acted in a subtle but nevertheless touching way.
Great Drama. I thought Tommy Lee Jones deserved the Oscar that he won in 1994, but after seeing the acting of DiCaprio in this film, I have to change my opinion about the winner, he was fantastic in this movie with only 19 years old he did an amazing work. Also Depp was amazing, really a great story and great movie.
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