As the camera zooms out slowly and we hear crickets chirping, we are introduced to the charming world of “What’s eating Gilbert Grape”. The film that many have come to love, along with its extremely famous actors, was released in 1993 in the United States and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Endora, Iowa is the home of the Grape family, it’s a small, unchanging town where the main character Gilbert (Johnny Depp) feels trapped and death seems to be the only way out. Gilbert provides for his mother, sisters, and his autistic brother, Arnie (Leonardo Di Caprio). “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” is in many ways an unrealistic and demeaning view of autism. Arnie is represented throughout the movie as a burden to Gilbert and the rest of the Grape family, …show more content…
From the first few seconds of the movie you can tell Arnie is not normal, with his screaming and mumbling of numbers. Arnie is portrayed to the audience as a lovable but annoying character, his reactions to situations in the movie are odd and out of place compared to the other characters. He has trouble understanding the emotions and heaviness of death on his family. Early on in the movie the audience is introduced to the fact that the father of the Grape family committed suicide years before the movie takes place. Arnie does quite understand how to handle the situation, he repeatedly screams “Dad's dead! Dad's dead! Dad's dead! Dad's dead! Dad's dead! Dad's dead!”, this causes his mother great distress. He continues this with making hanging gestures and laughing until he is forced to stop by his sisters. Even when he is older he doesn’t understand it when his mother dies and he is left an orphan. In the scene with his mother’s death, he finds her body and starts climbing on top of her, when she doesn’t respond he says “You’re hiding huh? I know that”. He proceeds to get extremely angry and throws a tantrum when she doesn’t wake up. Arnie is constantly shown to not be able to take care of himself and viewed as pathetic by everyone except Becky. “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is one of the rare movies to not depict Arnie as a savant according to Douwne, “In movies, however, there are hardly any autistic …show more content…
There are only two instruments used in the few scenes that have music, piano is used during the sad and to make the audience feel the anxiety felt by the character. An example of this is after Gilbert snaps and beats Arnie, then he drives away in his truck away from Endora with only this music playing. On the other hand, whenever there is a scene full of happiness a guitar plays. This usually happens whenever Gilbert and Arnie are having brotherly bonding or when there is a love scene between Gilbert and Becky. But the most compelling and used element is this movie is the lack of music. In every scene that Arnie is in, he is louder than everything else in the scene. Whether he is the main focus of the scene or just in the background, he dominates the audio. This can cause the audience to resent Arnie and find him to be extremely annoying after listening to his screaming for an hour. The visuals are used in a very similar way to the music. The colors and lighting are very unchanging much like the town Endora. The only exception is when there are strong emotions within the film. There is a warm glow of lighting by the sunlight or fire whenever there is a time of love, be it brotherly or in a romantic way. During the melancholy times of the story, the lighting is either dim when it relates to death, but when a character is feels lost in their emotions the director
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The spots that call for song are interesting because they lighten each one and provide a bit of comic relief. In the third act likewise the musical aspect helps take away from the serious nature of what’s going on and understand the world the play takes place in. In the third act, Mr. Burns is preparing to kill Bart, which in nature is a serious thing; however, there is singing that takes place. This distracts from the serious nature of the scene. The play’s sounds all have an essential role in
MIntroduction- The teen gene typically includes stereotypical characters, comedy and caters to a teenage audience. Ferris Bueller’s day off fits into the category of a teen comedy because it features coming of age, friendships and weak authority figures. The film centres around Ferris Bueller the protagonist, his best friend Cameron, his girlfriend Sloane and they enjoy an adventurous day ditching school.
When he is telling Paula, something is her fault his demeaner becomes stiff, and cold. He looks down on her like a scolding parent, and is eyes look filled with anger. This expression of emotions is important to Paula’s character both loving and being fearful of her
Arnie displays deficits in social-emotional reciprocity seen in his interactions with others and especially with his main caretaker, his brother. He does not seem to understand or care for his brother’s feelings, emotions, and responsibilities, nor does he show empathy toward his brother’s necessity to plan his whole life around him. This lack of empathy emerges multiple times during the film when talking about death, where Arnie would make light of the situation and laugh about it, he even interrupted a funeral. Arnie also shows deficits in his non-verbal communication skills, he uses few facial expressions and gestures as he mainly only smiles, laughs, and cries and displaying few protodeclarative gestures. Arnie, furthermore, has problems developing and maintaining friendships, his older brother, and his girlfriend are his only friends, he does not develop and therefore also not maintain age-appropriate friendships tough it is not for a lack of trying.
The boy had to do this with his only friend Julia. They helped Merle as much as they physically could. At the end of this story it says that Arnie ran and grabbed his father and hugged him. This shows that Arnie had become happy again and could rely and love his dad. Throughout the story Arnie started out as a depressed little kid stuck in his bubble, but then grew happy and popped his bubble and got explore his life happily with a good friend, Merle
Symbolism in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Do you ever feel like you are falling? Like you are dreaming about falling and when you do fall you wake up? But it’s not a dream and you actually are falling? The Grape family lives in Endora, Iowa they are a far from normal family who are struggling through life ever since their father committed suicide. Gilbert Grape is the main character he is 24 years old.
The manner of perception demonstrated by the director, Lasse Hallström, of “What Eating Gilbert Grape?” is established towards people with mental disability but specifically autism. Arnie Grape who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio is a 17 year old boy with autism and shares everything with his older brother and carer Gilbert Grape who was played by Johnny Depp. Arnie elucidates basic behavioural and social aspects that a person with autism would have. Hallstrom interprets a person with autism as a minority by clearly separating the town of Endora, Iowa from not just Arnie but the entire Grape family. The media manages to incorrectly interpret the behaviour, social acceptance and understanding of people with a disability and this movie directly
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a movie that I’ve been wanting to see for quite some time. The movie stars Johnny Depp as Gilbert Grape a young, small town guy who spends his days working at a grocery store, helping his morbidly obese mother around the house, and constantly taking care of his autistic brother Arnie whose played by one of my favorite actors, a young Leonardo Dicaprio. Arnie is an eighteen year old autistic boy who uncontrollably acts as a much younger, and sometimes misbehaved child. Gilbert is the main member of the Grape family who takes care of Arnie, because the dad is gone, the mom can’t even move her legs, one of the sisters Ellen is a spoiled brat, and the oldest sister Laura is busy taking care of the house.
In the novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges, the main character, Gilbert Grape, has romantic relationships with two women, Mrs. Betty Carver and Becky. Mrs. Betty Carver, in her forties, is a married woman. When Gilbert was a senior in high school, Mrs. Carver invited Gilbert over to her house, and over time they began having more intimate relations. This has been developing over the course of six years, and Gilbert is now twenty four years old. Becky is an otherworldly fifteen year old who has moved to Gilbert’s home town of Endora, Iowa for the summer.
In the film What’s eating Gilbert Grape directed by Lasse Hallström a character who changes is the protagonist, Gilbert Grape. Gilbert experiences the troubling feeling of being trapped in Endora by the heavy responsibilities of taking care of his family. Throughout the film, Gilbert’s pessimistic outlook on life at the beginning evolves into a more opened and positive attitude. These changes occur when he meets Becky, who forces him to re-think and fight against his strong conscience that is not letting him move on. This is important because it enable Gilbert to deal with all his problems and look into the future.
All the practical lighting will be warm in nature. The candles will create a warm light around Popova as she mourns her husband and gazes at a photograph of him as the play opens. As Luka enters more light will be brought in and he will turn on the other lamps in the room. The lighting will create a mood of optimism, but the use of some yellow undertones will cause some irritability as the characters moods shift. Luka’s entrance and warmer, brighter lighting brings optimism into Popova’s mournful opening of the play.