Of Mice and Men (1992)
USA / English
"We have a dream. Someday, we'll have a little house and a couple of acres. A place to call home.
"Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Great except for Malkovich
This movie has a good script, fine acting, and is beautifully photographed.
Even though I had read the book and knew the plot, I was drawn into story
and moved by the ending. Gary Sinise does a very good job of showing what a
complicated and conflicted character George is. George seems to be a smart
man, but he has not gotten far in life. He feels the need to watch out for
his closest friend, Lenny. But, you sense that George sometimes thinks
Lenny is a burden and George feels guilty about those thoughts. This might
be Gary Sinise's best acting performance.
I was disappointed in John Malkovich's over-the-top portrayal of Lenny. In
the book, I felt that Lenny was just very simple minded, but in the movie
version, Lenny seems to be seriously retarded. The Malkovich Lenny has too
many odd facial expressions and a speaking style that is like a cartoon
parody Lenny. That performance was distracting and irritating and made
Lenny less sympathetic. It also changed the relationship with George. It
makes George more of a nursemaid to seriously ill Lenny, instead of a
helpful friend who watches out for Lenny.
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