Movie Night - Water For Elephants

On Tuesday night, I met up with nine others from our neighborhood book club for a weekday night out at the movies. If a book we've read makes it to the big screen, we try to see together. This provides us with another reason to get together more than just once a month! And watching movies with this group of ladies is always amusing.

Tonight's movie, Water For Elephants, adapted from Sara Gruen's book. This was the first book I read as a new member of the book club, back in September, 2008. And since I was a new member, I actually read the book (and we discussed it!).

For the most part, the movie adaptation follows the book (although there is one scene where Jacob and Marlena jump off the train together - that wasn't in the book). The circus scenes convey the wonder of the Big Top, the animals and performers. Behind the illusion of the circus, we are reminded of the desperation of people during the great depression and prohibition. But the real star of the movie, Rosie the elephant is a beautiful, regal animal - her character comes through and she steals the show.

If you are considering seeing this movie, I suggest seeing it on the big screen - to see the animals and the grandeur of the circus performances, along with the scenes of the circus train moving along foggy countryside at night. Beautiful.

After the movie, we caught a light dessert / glass of wine at a local wine bar.
Originally, I was just going to head home, but a glass of wine sounded nice. That and some bread topped off a nice evening.

MaggieGem  – (May 11, 2011 at 3:08 PM)  

Actually saw this movie yesterday with my daughter... excellent!

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