I watched this a few weeks ago in my English class, and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I thought it was just going to be another generic, low budget adaptation of a classic novel, but actually it was way better than I thought it'd be. The acting was really good and it's very well shot. The cast is perfect, but there is one thing I want to complain about.
Some characters are completely over-exaggerated. The best two examples of these are Lennie and Curley's wife. Having read the book, I know Curley's missus is meant to be very flirtatious and stuff, but in the movie she literally tries to get with every single guy she sees. As for Lennie, he's too retarded. From reading the book, I thought he was reasonably normal, just with some learning difficulties, but in the movie his childishness is extremely over the top.
Other than that, it's a fantastic adaptation. *cough* Chris Fable *cough* It's not an easy task to adapt an 80-year-old text for a modern-day audience. A job well done!
(P.S. I love when George swears Lennie says, "You shouldn't do that, George. It's not clever, George." I laughed so hard I nearly wet myself! xD)
Dialogue and Acting: 9/10 Animation: 5/10 Structuring: 10/10 Subtlety and Themes: 9/10 Originality: 8/10
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
Two traveling companions, George and Lennie, wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life.
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