Though Sinese takes liberties with Steinbeck's story, leaving us with an emotionally devastated main character where Steinbeck ends with an affirmation of friendship, this is a fine piece of work. Malkovich's Lennie is pure genius, Sinise is the perfect back-up, and the lesser figures - especially Joe Morton's Crooks - are all gems. Few films that bring literature to the screen do this well.
Powerful and incredibly well acted, this is one movie that, in my opinion, actually improved on the book. (I saw the movie first.) Incredibly faithful, it made only a couple of minor detours, but they were detours that made the story better. Some might complain about the length, but it never bothers me, as this movie is just too dang brilliant.
Not a typical review here, but rather a comment about the running theme in the movie. This actually helped inspire me to begin running. The apparent freedom Gump achieved from his running was the most effective part of this theme. Kind of like the "runner's high," which really does exist. And if you like shrimp, pick up the Forest Gump Cookbook -- try the shrimp cake recipe.
Great drama, as well as "feel good" patriotic classic. All around excellent movie, with actors and story providing plenty of engagement, and scenery/effects gluing it all together. Own this one (and watch HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" miniseries, almost a companion piece to this motion picture)!