I really liked the novel Water for Elephants, both for the main story and for the portrayal of a side of the Great Depression that is seldom written about. I was hesitant to see the film because I was afraid I would be disappointed. Also, I just don’t get to an actual theater very often because the distance adds a substantial amount to the ticket price. I save my theater trips for those films that really need a BIG screen. For other video experiences, I make use of an HD flat screen and my living room. It’s better for knitting and watching anyway.
It turns out that I was quite pleased with this film. The acting was great. The cinematography managed to give me the feeling that I was there, but at the same time something about the lighting and focus reminded me of the past. I thought the film did justice to the main story and to the storyline about the Great Depression. Of course, in a genre-to-genre conversion of this type, detail is always left out. The one theme that was noticeably slighted was the old-age aspect. I missed the ongoing battle between the protagonist and the other old man in the nursing home. However, the film was a lovely way to spend a couple of wintry hours and well worth the rental fee. If you haven’t read the book, please do, but watch the film also.