Of Mice and Men Reviews
The rise and fall of tragic dreams are dissected in this story Life was hard then. Men had nothing but dreams of a better life to cope. The character of George demonstrates how certain people will follow a path of responsibility for a fellow man over the much easier, selfish road most people naturally pursue.
A well designed plot, with good flow and connectivity of scenes. Note the various parallels between the treatment of animals and how others treat and are treated by Lennie
Two workers travel the countryside doing any work they can to make a living. One of the men is mentally challenged and reliant on his best friend George, his companion. The mentally challenged worker seems harmless and passive, but his strength is sometimes more than he realizes and he causes unfortunate mishaps.
"He got kicked in the head when he was a kid."
Lewis Milestone, director of All Quiet on the Western Front, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ocean's Eleven, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and Pork Chop Hill, delivers Of Mice and Men. The storyline for this picture is very well told and contains fascinating characters and settings. The action is excellent and the cast includes Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr, Charles Bickford, Bob Steele, and Noah Berry Jr.
"I ain't meant to live like this."
I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. I love these classics like Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mocking Bird. This has a very similar feel and pace and the story comes together and concludes perfectly. This is an all time classic that is worth your time.
"I can see it!"
The film is so honest & truthful it's a story of people & who they are & what they do. There are many tender & beautiful scenes but the one that stayed in my mind is where an old farmer is forced to put down his dog & the emotional impact of this is surreal:
I was completely blown away by it & was much more impressed than I thought I would be. 1939 was a great year for cinema & this was truly one of the years finest.