Very few movies do justice to the book their based on, and Water For Elephants is no exception. That's not to say it isn't true to the book. It is, pretty much, but there's so much missing. Not sure if you'd notice if you hadn't read it.
It's an engaging story but the performances left me flat. Reese Witherspoon, who I love and who has such an appealing presence on screen, seemed to be sleep-walking through this part. She looks gorgeous but I didn't buy her character at all, she seemed very tentative. Robert Pattinson
has only one expression, kind of a hooded-eye look, and there was no chemistry between them.
If you loved the book, and who didn't, go see the movie. It's fun to see it come to life. Just don't expect the same kind of experience.
Two stars out of five for Water For Elephants.