Is there a thread for summer movies? If there is one already, the admin may want to move this to it. I did not see it, so I am starting this thread for Water for Elephants, and may start another one for Hanna. I saw Water for Elephants today. I thought it was very good. I have not read the book. May be those who read it will have a different impression. It was nice to see a movie about people and animals, without special effects, and long fights. Although there was some violence, it went with the story. I thought the acting was top notch. Even Robert Pattinson was very good. I liked his understated, compassionate Jacob. Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon have both won Oscars in the past and they played their characters very well. I was wondering if they used strictly stunts for Reese or did she take some 'circus' training? The main animal Rosie was endearing. I am wondering if the book emphasizes Jacob's compassion versus August's cruelty toward the animals more than the movie did? I think I am going to read the book now.