Kaycee’s Klasic Films – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

This is a classic example of how people should be careful what they call a film. The title is corny not as clever as it is supposed to be and tells you nothing about what you can expect when you watch it. I know it don’t pay to look too deep into this sort of thing because you’ll find something that contrer-dicks what your saying but really I steered clear of this film for years no decades because it just sounded so stupid.

And then I was desperate one night looking for something on Netflix that I hadn’t seen already and this is Johnny Depp and Leonardo Di Caprio and I’ve seen the directors name Lasse Hallstrom even if he sounds Swedish or something and I don’t want to watch nothing in a foreign language but he’s been around for a bit . Turns out he directed a lot of Abba videos so he’s not that interlechal after all. The foreign ones always sound clever and mysterious just because of their names I reckon. Anyways so I thought why not lets give it a go??

And it turns out its really good like I don’t know whose best Leo or Johnny there both brilliant Johnny is  Gilbert the oldest son of this family the Dad’s dead and the Mum is about 20 stone and never leaves the house. Small American town where nothing happens and you know what happens when nothing happens if you see what I mean. Gilbert works at a grocery store and he’s just an ordinary man but he’s Johnny Depp so obviously hes gorgeous Hes having it off with an older woman Mary Steenburgen but he spends most of his time looking after the family cos his mum can’t and Arnie that’s  Leo is what used to be known as mentally retarded I don’t know what they call it now something that don’t say nothing. But hes a happy sweet teenage kid and Leo does him so you really like him and he don’t overdo it so the boys an idiot and you don’t laugh at him or nothing. He likes climbing the water tower which is like really high and dangerous and it scares everyone when he does it and Johnny has to go and get him down.

A girl Becky comes into town with her grandma you know straight a way she’s the love interest for Johnny and she is which adds something your grateful for in this case because it could be a bit grim other wise.

What happens well its not the kind of movie where lots of stuff happens and your racking your brains to follow it well I am usually so all I’m going to say is that its well worth watching an you’ll be surprised how good Leo is. Somebody must of thought he was gonna be a star when he was very young and this part shows you straight a way that he was a great actor.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s