|DVD - Of Mice and Men (DVD, 2003, Special Edition) Pre-Owned (E6)|
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I bought this movie for the sole purpose of seeing Gary Sinise in one of his early works after seeing him on CSI:NY. Sinise and John Malkovich were awesome as George and Lenny. After watching this DVD I went out and bought the novel, Of Mice and Men, and loved it! This movie was so well done that I've been inspired to read more Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men's theme of companionship really touched me and my favorite scene was at the end with Lenny and George walking away from the camera together; I was really moved by that shot. The music in the movie was great and the wide shots of the fields and landscape were beautiful. I also very much enjoyed the commentary by Gary Sinise. There is nothing negative I have to say about this movie other than I wish there had been more to the novel so the movie could have been longer.
This version of Steinbeck's story of transient farm workers is well written for the screen, well cast with the performers, and well done throughout. IIt is one of my favorite 20 films and my wife uses this version in her ESL Class. She previously used the Laser Disk version of the same movie (remember those?).
John Malkovich as Lenny - the big dumb guy - is compelling and empathetic. Gary Sinise really plays George as a tragic hero. It works, it all works.
To fully understand most movies that are based upon a book it is a good idea to read the book first, but in most cases that leads to a grave disappoinment as a film can never capture the contents in the same way a book does. However good a film it will always have to portrait things differently than a book simply because it is a different type of media. Not so with "Of Mice and Men". There are of course details which have been changed as the beginning scene for example, but that does not significantly change the storyline or the meaning that was intended by John Steinbeck. This movie is a perfect adaptation to the novel and captures all important motives. Important facts of the novel are brilliantly set into motion while the contents is hardly changed. This is walking a thin line for every filmmaker and in this case it is absolutely worthwhile. This movie is a complete succes when it comes to bringin a great classic onto the screen with wit and adherence to the storyline.
I read the book in grade school, saw the 1939 version and now own the Malkovich/Sinese movie. It's a classic, great story of the depression era. A must see! You won't be disappointed. Five Stars!
I had seen this movie before and found it to be a moving, sometimes funny, sometimes heartwrenching commentary on society in general. It is well acted with memorable dialogue and characters. John Malkovich and Gary Sinise are both fabulous. I bought this movie to share with my college-age daughter who had not read the book, nor seen the movie. I highly recommend it.