Of Mice and Men
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
I recently finished reading the novel by John Steinbeck and the book moved me so much that I thought I should see how an adaptation of his story worked on screen. And this film certainly does not fail in my eyes.
Malkovich and Sinese are such a great duo that they immediately fitted a face to the characters' of Lennie and George. Both amazing actors, Malkovich embodied Lennie better than I expected and Sinese was the perfect candidate for George, small and sharp with a certain charm about him. I have to say Malkovich's performance was bloody good and on the same level as DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He really connected with the simple mind and innocence that…
Although the screenplay does a bit of a disservice to the book by simplifying Curly's wife and her motivations, this is otherwise a handsomely shot and well-acted version of Steinbeck's novel.
Malkovich's characterization of Lennie has not aged well, though. It's not as bad as, say, Juliette Lewis or Rosie O'Donnell, but it's pretty bad.
Gary Sinise directs and stars in this adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel of the same name. Although the whole film doesn't live up to the novel it is a decent effort. It has somewhat aged quite badly though and the performances are wooden but the story is good enough to raise everything around it.
As many of you will know, it features duo George and Lennie as they travel around the USA during the Great Depression looking for work; since most work they do get ends up being ruined by the accidental trouble caused by simpleton Lennie Small (John Malkovich).
Malkovich as Lennie is surprisingly competent and the other performances are not really anything to hoot about but as…
Malkovich turns in one of the best few "non-mentally handicapped actors playing a mentally handicapped character" performances of all time. Add Larry Drake (LA Law) and DiCaprio (Gilbert Grape) to that short list as well.
Lenny and George.... sort of like Abbott and Costello, or Lewis and Martin, maybe even Laurel and Hardy. No, not really. This not-so-comic duo runs from one catastrophe to another, thanks to Lenny's not-so-developed brain. Good ol' Len has the best of intentions but he repeatedly messes up every good thing that comes his way. George tries his best to look out for his simple-minded pal, but turn your back just once, George, and Lenny's cooking up trouble again.
I'd never read the novel by Steinbeck, so I had no point of reference as I came into this film adaptation. I understand there are at least a couple of other, older versions, too. My plan is to check out the…
A wonderful adaptation of what is possibly one of the greatest Americans novels ever made, John Malkovich is successful in the role of Lenny and the colours of the farm are really emphasised in this film making it very aesthetic.
Having read the book, I can easily say that it is not easy to film any book by J.Steinbeck as good as he wrote, especially this hugely famous and enduringly popular work.And it is even harder to believe that Gary Sinise have partly achieved it.
Starting from the first scenes of the movies, it gives some clues about central characters-George Milton and Lennie Small- that Lennie(John Malkovich) is forgetful, naive and simple-minded fella and George(Gary Sinise) has an edge on him.After Lennie's aunt passed away, George starts to look after him and treats him like a brother, as aunt Clara wouldn't like him being left to himself. Regardless of completely different features, they travel together. What binds them together is…
I didn't read this at school but I knew a little of the plot.
John Malkovichs performance was initially distracting but that soon passed, Gary Sinise does his usual good performance and the supporting cast are good without ever overshadowing the two leads. The scene with Candy's dog had me shifting in my seat waiting for what was coming.
A very good but essentially depressing film.
Well that was a debbie downer of a movie.
It works on all levels. A complete success, thanks most especially to two outstanding and fully confident performances. A touching finale.
Well that was fucking depressing. I didn't know very much about it and now I'm sorry for all the people who have to read this in school. Great movie but sad. John Malkovich did really good and so did Lt. Dan.