Actor-director Gary Sinise's respectful new version of John Steinbeck's Depression-era masterpiece is cautiously revisionistic, but with little effect. The look of the film offers an easy respite from the grimness of the story, but at a definite cost to its dramatic impact.
Wily, pragmatic George (Gary Sinise) and his infantile brute of a comrade, Lennie (John Malkovich), are bound, despite their wide differences, by a mutual need for companionship. They dream of having their own little ranch where they can be their own masters and Lennie can tend the small, furry
creatures that he loves but is constantly destroying, so unaware is he of his own strength. On the ...