A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1hr58mins (1993) Drama
Truly, this is one beautiful movie. It doesn’t go for cheap tears but in the end you must feel something, otherwise you simply don’t have a heart. It’s about a town, Endora, where nothing ever happens. In that town live the Grapes, a fatherless family that consists of a mother of elephant-like proportions, two sisters and two brothers. – Vomitron (IMDB – 9/10)
It’s good when high schools show particular movies otherwise I would have never seen this. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a one of a kind dramatic story with actors in very early roles. Such As Johnny Depp playing the main character and Leonardo Dicaroprio playing Arnie Grape. Oscar bait being his playing a mentally disabled person, the plot with the family is the most shocking, pointing towards the mother.
Even though the $11 million budget, it was able to make $10 million at the US box office alone. A young Juliette Lewis and John C. Reily have their moments in this film. But back to Leonardo and him quoting about his character. I had to really research and get into the mind of somebody with a disability like that. So I spent a few days at a home for mentally ill teens. We just talked and I watched their mannerisms. People have these expectations that mentally retarded children are really crazy, but it’s not so. It’s refreshing to see them because everything’s so new to them.
Depp’s early narrative work shines here that makes the best of the transitions in and out. Overall the cast delivers on the acting performances to a point that is very emotionally moving. I recommend it purely based on the sad story although many scenes are worth it alone. Too not like this move is too be very far from what is considered human…