Elephant is not a perfect film – that's obvious from the start – but it does its best to walk around its flaws. Yes, the acting can be stilted, and for a film which cites the Alan Clarke film of the same name as a major influence, it's a lot less minimalistic than it (I felt like the film almost felt like Linklater making a film about a school shooting.) However, the film is still very raw and effective, despite what I mentioned previously. I wouldn't call it a favorite, but it's a very well made take on a school shooting, an event which has become much more common recently. It would be interesting to see another film which tackles how the media immortalizes school shootings and turns people like Harris and Kebold into antiheroes (thus making them heroes to some.)