One of this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, playing the criminally-inclined and conniving Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Throughout his career, DiCaprio has earned several Oscar nominations. His first was for his work in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," in which he plays character as remote from Jordan Belfort as anyone could imagine.
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" stars Johnny Depp in the title role. He is a hard-working young man who works at a grocery store in order to provide financial support for his needy family. Abandoned by his father, Gilbert's family is comprised of two sisters, his morbidly overweight, agoraphobic mom, and his mentally challenged brother, Arnie (played by DiCaprio). The Grapes live in a small town where the opening of a burger joint is considered a major event. One day, Becky (played by Juliette Lewis), and her grandmother come through town. The winsome Becky communicates with both Gilbert and Arnie in ways that make them feel better about themselves.
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" has a great cast. Johnny Depp is excellent in the lead role. He is best known for playing odd and flamboyant characters in films like "Edward Scissorhands" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Here, he shows he can bring life to quieter characters. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the best performance in the movie. He seems very real as someone who is mentally handicapped.
The movie has a very strong screenplay. All the characters want to be good people, but their flaws sometimes interfere with their relationships with each other.
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a great choice for fans of Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.