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Water for Elephants
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.
It's handsomely made but when an elephant out-acts the cast you know it's no classic.
I’ve always had a weird relationship with Water for Elephants. Having loved Waltz’s performance in Inglorious Bastards, I was excited to watch him return on the screen again; however at the same time, I felt a feeble amount of hesitation after learning that the lead was none other than Robert Pattinson; the very same who graced our televisions with Twilight, and truly left a mark in our hearts. And of course Reese Witherspoon, who was drunkenly shouting ‘Do you know who I am!?’ in my head.
When the film first entered Netflix streaming it took a number, and waited patiently; knowing that my interest will always wander onto better things… oh shit did you know Fargo is still available to…
Film #13 of Scavenger Hunt #3 Challenge
Item 14. A film about/featuring a circus!
I resisted this movie and book for a long time, expecting a NIcholas Sparks-esque cheesy love story. I broke down and read the book this past fall and actually enjoyed it, so I felt I needed to see the film as well. The plot of "Water for Elephants" is far less about the romantic triangle than the life on the circus, and the film reflects this well. The story is paced well and the setting feels authentic to the 1930s. The performances from Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz were good, keeping me entertained throughout.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For centuries Circus has been an attractive subject for film makers. Some really great films have been made on Circus over the years. The complex and demanding circus atmosphere presents a compelling script of human struggle. Behind every laugh there may be lots of tears masked behind the make up. Add that to the 1931 depression hit atmosphere and we are up against a brilliant set up. Water For Elephants builds it's story based on this moving premise before throwing it up for the sake of a forced love story.
Water For Elephants starts on a mature note through the recollection of an old gentleman and slowly the flashback takes us to 1931 when a young Polish American Lad Jacob…
Film Number 12 of Aditya's Scavenger Hunt Challenge No. 3
Day 9, Task No. 14 - A film about a circus
Water for Elephants
A story of a forbidden love in the backdrop of a circus! While on the page it might have been a lovely, swooning romance, on film it's a completely dry relationship, with forced passion. It's quite sad, because Robert Pattinson (outside of Twilight) is a pretty competent actor, and Reese Witherspoon has delivered many great performances. This, unfortunately, is a big miss.
At least Christoph Waltz was there to imbue the film with his trademark charisma and droll menace. And Hal Holbrook was also quite affecting. Rosie the Elephant was adorable! I think apart from the…
This film is pretty alright in most respects if it doesn't stand out much. Thing is I really don't like Robert Pattinson and as hard as I try to ignore that nagging feeling it still manages to taint the whole movie.
Was gonna give it 2.5 but the elephant bumped it up.
This movie was actually really good despite casting flaws. Kristof Waltz is genius, and saved the movie. He was perfect for that role. The screenplay was great, and really stayed true to the book. The unfortunate casting of Reese Witherspoon mucked up the romance side. not only made the love story seem odd, given she's clearly 20 years too old to play that character, but she also clearly didn't like Pattinson, which explains the complete lack of chemistry which was really a bummer. Stick to comedies Reese, you have zero emotional credibility.
This kind of films rely greatly on its romantic leads and their chemistry together, something that is lacking immensely here. Witherspoon and Pattinson (a charisma vacuum and poor actor) must be the boringest romantic couple I've seen. It doesn't help that the story beats are super generic and Pattinson character is cringeworthy.
It looks great, though.
A good watch. But I can't help but just think of vampires and sparkling skin when I see R-Pattz. The Twilight Saga was a bad decision, despite making him millions.
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I read the book. Definitely not my usual type of book, but my friend gave me it after hearing it was good. So I read it and was surprised by how much I liked it. Only a few months later, we saw the first trailer for this film and eventually saw the film itself. I remember when I first saw it I was disappointed by some of the changes from the book to movie (as I almost always am). Now, watching it for the second time several years later, the specific nuances of the book have faded and I'm able…
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Very good adaptation of the book! Haven't watched a great adaptation in a few years
heart warming drama, I actually avoided this for ages because I hated Twilight so much, just goes to show what you can miss out on because of other terrible films.
It's a fantastic film, give it a watch
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