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Of Mice and Men - Critique.

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OF MICE AND MEN CRITIQUE FOUR STARS Of Mice and Men, directed by Gary Sinise, is a four star movie compared to the book, written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The movie was produced 55 years later in 1992, yet still captures the faithful companionship between George and Lennie. Sinise also manages to depict Steinbeck's main themes and develops the characters almost up to the same level. The first difference I would like to explain to prospective audiences is how director Gary Sinise adapts the movie Of Mice and Men to viewers' preferences and excludes John Steinbeck's literary sense and purpose. For example, Steinbeck starts the novel with a scene after they have run away from a ranch because of a mishap with Lennie accidentally harassing a woman. Sinise begins with the scene just before- when Lennie and George are actually running away from the ranch owners, equipped with horses and dogs, to save their lives. ...read more.

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Honestly, I was confused. Does George really want Lennie around, or is he just loyal to his promise to Lennie's aunt, Clara? Who is George? Hopefully you can comprehend this sporadic behavior, because I certainly have not. An example of this is when George cleans the blood off of Lennie's face after a fight- his movements are gentle and kind, whereas when George forces Lennie to stay at the ranch while 'the guys' go out for a drink. His attitudes in these two incidents are totally opposing each other. At least in Steinbeck's book it was clear that although George was officious, he loved him. George's annoyance is weaker than his profound unity and one-ness with him. Curley's wife is described as a very racist, harmful, flirtatious person, who is all too aware of her power and consequently abuses it. For example, she threatens an innocent Crooks, "'Listen, Nigger,' she said, 'You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?'"1 Sinise's depiction of her in the movie, however, is not as despicable. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sinise, as all directors, tells the audience what to imagine. Therefore it is not as interesting as reading the book yourself and letting your imagination grow. So, if I were to recommend this movie to you, I would recommend reading the novel first. Reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck will show you what I am talking about in the movie. Because Steinbeck's intentions are slightly altered in the film, you can fully appreciate this piece of theater whilst valuing the literature it sprung from. Sinise changes feelings, maybe not intentionally, but however hard he tried, he didn't succeed perfectly. I won't be too critical- perhaps he had to make cuts which thus excluding important relationship formations or conclusions. Overall the movie was good, but the book is of no comparison. Read Steinbeck's version first, then decide for yourself. Me? I'm only one opinion. 1 John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Penguin Books, (c)1937, London, England. Page 80. English A2 HL Illa Henneka Written Assignment Page 1 ...read more.

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