Film Review : What 's Eating Gilbert Grape Essay examples

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The music in the film plays a vital role in allowing the audience to understand the intentions and inner conflicts of the characters. In doing so, the film music can allow the mental illness that a character is experiencing to come to life on the screen, and allow the audience to relate to that character’s emotional state. Additionally, there are instances where the film music tries to do the opposite and play off of another character, and against the protagonist’s inner thought and feelings, but still allows for the protagonist to express themselves fully on the screen. Such is the case of the film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The majority of the music in this film, specifically the opening of the film, is the antithesis of what Gilbert is actually feeling personally.

Background and Synopsis
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Produced by executive producers Alan C. Blomquist and Lasse Hallstrom. Produced by producers Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon, Meir Teper. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Screenplay written by Peter Hedges; based on the novel of the same name. Principle characters: Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), Arnie Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio), Bcky (Juliette Lewis), Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen), Bonnie Grape (Darlene Cates), Amy Grape (Lauren Harrington, Ellen Grape (Mary Kate Schellhardt), Ken Carver (Kevin Tighe),Tucker Van Dyke (John C. Reilly), and Bobby McBurney (Crispin Glover). Musical score by Bjorn Isfalt and Alan Parker.…

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