Of Mice and Men– A Comparison In Between the Book and Film
Of Mice and Guys– Contrast The name of this book/movie is ‘Of Mice and Males’. The book was written by John Steinbeck, and the movie was directed by Gary Sinise (also stars as George). I will be comparing the motion picture and book, to see the distinctions and how reliable they are. George and Lennie are men who travel around operating at cattle ranches. George is the little, quick-witted one, and Lennie is the big, sluggish, dumb and incredibly strong one.
They have a dream, to have a little location all to themselves, without anyone bothering them. Their dreams are shattered though, when Lennie, who doesn’t know his own strength, gets in trouble. The book begins with Lennie and George travelling towards the ranch, after the event with Lennie and the woman in the red gown in Weed has actually currently occurred, but the motion picture begins with Lennie and George fleing from other men in Weed, who were chasing them due to the fact that Lennie has frightened the girl in the red dress.
I believe that the reason they changed the starting is because it doesn’t capture the audience at the start of the movie without some action, and it would be a pretty dull start to a movie just having George and Lennie speaking about what had actually happened. When Curley discovers George in the barn with his partner and when he’s grumbling that he can’t stay up to date with Lennie, it adds stress between the characters due to the fact that it gives Curley a very good factor to dislike them, and the tension grows throughout the motion picture till there’s the climax and release point where Curley attacks Lennie, and Lennie crushes his hand.
When Lennie eliminates Curley’s spouse, a bird is revealed getting away the barn. I believe this is symbolic of the need to get away, which Lennie does. I don’t actually believe it adds a lot of effect to the motion picture, and I do not believe lots of people would have picked it up unless they were in fact looking for it. Two of the scenes that were in the film however not in the book were where George and Lennie get required off the bus and need to walk ten miles to get to the cattle ranch, and at the start, where George and Lennie are shown leaving from Weed.
These are just spoken about in the book, and I believe are actually put in the movie to create less dialogue and more action. Some scenes and information were likewise overlooked of the film that were in the book. One example of this is when Lennie has the hallucinations about the giant rabbit and his Aunt Clara. I think this was taken out due to the fact that it was a very emotional and suspenseful scene, and it would have made it humorous to put it in, which would have messed up the mood. Another example is the length of time it considers George to shoot Lennie.
I think it was made shorter to add a component of surprise to the shooting, but by reducing this it makes it so that it lacks the suspense and feeling that was initially in the book, so I think they must have kept it in the movie. Music is used very effectively in the movie, and was utilized in the best spots. Throughout the work scenes, the music was medium paced, and delighted. When George and Lennie were getting away from Weed, the music was much faster paced, and suspenseful. Silence was likewise extremely reliable, particularly after George had shot Lennie. It offered the impact of shock and unhappiness.
Another effective thing used in this film is cam shots and angles. Wide shots are usually utilized in the start or end of a scene and don’t normally have dialogue throughout them, medium shots can be utilized when there is a group of people talking, and close ups are most likely the most effecting program of emotion, since you can see the star’s face expression plainly. Close ups can be efficient when the actor is calmly thinking. I believe both the book and the film had their flaws. The book took a while to enter the story, however the movie did not have particular times of suspense or feeling.