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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.
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…
It's handsomely made but when an elephant out-acts the cast you know it's no classic.
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'll watch any old guff for some Pattinson face time.
All 3 marks out of ten for Christoph Waltz.
I was satisfied with my experience with this film, though my wife says the book was better.
It's a bit surprising to see the director responsible for the current crop of Hunger Games films, and the lead actor from the Twilight movies turning up in this difficult to adapt drama. But all in all, they both do a fine job.
Jacob, studying veterinary sciences in 1931 during prohibition and the Great Depression, suffers the misfortune of not only both his parents dying in a car crash, but the repossession of their house. Hitching a ride on the nearest train, which happens to be a travelling circus, he ends up being a part of their world as they travel from town to town.
Not having seen Robert Pattinson before, he takes the role well, being flung into providing…
Kinda underrated in my opinion.
Water for Elephants was an enjoyable movie, but not more than that. The movie is too much focusing on the relation and that relation is worked out like it's a story of two 14 year-olds. The circus is too much on the background and that is a bad thing. Because the story of the circus would do the movie more good.
Water For Elephants (2011)
Fantastic actors, strong performances, good story, and a surprisingly enjoyable drama.
It is, admittedly, very melodramatic, but man it's pretty. And incredibly well acted, especially by the animals.
This film is exactly what was promised in the trailer: a handsomely shot, somewhat stilted, very old-fashioned romantic drama. Though plenty of dramatic things happen in the film, none of them really make much of an impact; we somehow feel we’re being kept at arm’s length. When the elephant engenders more emotion than the humans do, you’ve got problems. (Credit where it’s due: I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Pattinson’s performance. He wasn’t disgraced in this company.)
Ever been dragged into a movie that you had no interest in seeing? How many times did you end up liking that movie much more than you expected? I'm happy to say that's what happened to me with Water for Elephants. I wanted to see the other animal movie that came out this weekend, but alas I settled for this one. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The drama was pretty well done. I won't say the acting was spectacular, because it wasn't, but even so, I genuinely cared for the characters. My favorite character was the elephant that the film (novel) is named after. Rosie by far gave the best performance in Water for Elephants. But like…
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