This is my 3949th Review
Thanks to Ghezal of Ghezal Plus Movies for this recommendation.
She chose that I review a film by cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth who was first assistant Camera on this film.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A young man must look after his younger brother and homebound mother after their father abandons them.
My Take on it – This is a film that I actually am shocked at by the fact that I never saw it in its entirety beforehand.
I’ve heard about it, but never really knew what it was about and for some reason kept confusing it in my mind with Benny & Joon (1993) which also starred Depp that same year.
The cast of this film is amazing and this is one of Johnny Depp’s best early performances.
He is helped by Mary Steenburgen, Juliette Lewis and Darlene Cates who encompass three prominent women in his ever changing life.
The film tho is wholly the show of a very young Leonardo DiCaprio who showed how great an actor he could be even at that young age.
He steals every scene he is in as a young retarded teenager who Depp’s character must always look after.
He deservingly was nominated for his very first Oscar for this role.
This film does a great job showing us how complex a life Gilbert has and how he must slowly start to realize that besides caring for others, he must find a way to start caring for himself too.
This story is told so well and we get a clear picture of life in a small town where just about everyone knows one another and life tries to stay the same despite the fact that the world progresses along.
Bottom Line – Such a great film that I’m surprised that I had never seen in full beforehand. The cast is amazing with Depp, Lewis, Steenburgen, and Cates giving great performances. Dicaprio tho stands out as young Arnie and it’s not surprising that he was nominated for an Oscar for this role. Loved the way that they present the complex life of Gilbert and allow us to understand the changes that he feels he must make in order to care about himself instead of just others. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Leonardo DiCaprio played the part of Arnie Grape so well, that when he showed up for the film’s premiere, many people were shocked and astonished to learn that the young actor was not actually mentally disabled. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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