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Of Mice and Men
on 31 January 2006
Of mice and men is, in its book form, a novelette. This means that theoretically it should be relatively simple to transform to script. Sinise has amazingly managed to prove that wrong, how I do not know. It seems that Sinise has decided that it required a Hollywood touch, so he transformed what would have been a brilliant cult film into something that fails in both categories. He managed too transform the book from a ‘Lennie’ centred piece of cult, to a weird concept of George and Curley. This means that Lennie is rarely seen during the first half of the film, before being desperately shoved in near the end in an attempt to keep to one concept of the magnificent novelette.
With all the things Sinise has distorted, the pace was the main blunder. He completely messed up; making some essential scenes pass too quickly, and making some unimportant ones take forever and ever.
As for the production, the set seems too grand to be in the great depression era, the same with the costume design. The hairstyles especially, as I suspect that I could go to my local barbers and select that same hairstyle from a glossy. The actors are also too clean and well shaven, for what seems in the book a rough bunch.
I must compliment the set, even though it is rather irrelevant to the set time, as it is designed and used well.
The lighting is simplistic, yet effective. It gave the right kind of atmosphere in the right situation, especially in the final stable scene. The film did have some above average photography.
I think the best performance was that of Candy (Walston). He superiorly confronted losing his dog, and you could see that he really believed in Lennie and George’s farm plan.
Overall I find that Of Mice and Men by Gary Sinise was rather disappointing, from the moment it began: appalling music, a completely contrasting Lennie towards the book, who was also bald (which scared the hell out of me) and old, and spoke in an inaudible tone, making the Lennie I loved in the book, someone I hated in the film. Thus as I was saying, a very disappointing film based on a fantastic novelette.