After watching Gary Sinise’s 1992 adaptation of Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN, viewers are bound to have storms of thought and emotion swirling about their minds. With that said, it is always useful to engage with our reactions to narratives. Click the link so that we can further explore the story of George and Lennie!
THE TASK: First, take a minute to reflect upon Steinbeck’s novella, Sinise’s film, and the relationship between the two. Then, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.
A) Describe the actors’ performances in this adaptation. Did their performances match how you imagined the characters while reading? Why or why not?
B) What differences between the film and the novella did you notice? Why do you think these changes were made? What did you think of them?
C) Imagine you’ve been given the chance to direct a new, 2013-version of OF MICE AND MEN. Choose three characters and describe who you would cast in the roles.
D) What are your overall thoughts about the movie?