I decided to read Water for Elephants when I started seeing commercials for the movie. I knew I'd want to see it, and I have to read the book before I watch the movie. Last night I finally got a chance to compare the two.
My verdict: I really liked the movie! I thought they did a great job of capturing the spirit of the book, while covering pretty much all of the plot. It helps that the book isn't that long so nothing really had to be cut. Overall I thought they did a good job with it. I also want to say that I didn't remember every detail from the book, nor was I heavily invested in the story; so others might have a different opinion than me.
The only negative I can think of was that there could have been a little more chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson.
What did you guys think of the movie and how it compared to the book?