Monday, May 14, 2012

Book vs. Movie: Water for Elephants

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?

1 comment:

We Heart YA said...

We felt very similarly to you. Water for Elephants was one of the best book-to-movie adaptations that we've seen. Part of it was that the movie was just so visually lovely. They really captured the essence of the circus, and of course Rosie was a star. The simplifications that they made (i.e., having her husband be the circus owner and eliminating that character) really didn't affect the story and just made it easier for viewers who hadn't read the book.