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Water for Elephants
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We open with an old man (Hal Holbrook) wandering into the parking lot of a circus that is packing up and moving out. A workman comes out to see if he is lost and invites him in out of the rain while the man calls the nursing home. The old man looks at the old black and white circus photos on the wall and recalls out loud which circuses they are from. This grabs the worker's attention and he mentions the Benzini Brothers Circus tragedy from years ago. The old man says he was there and the worker asks him to tell him about it. We flash back to a younger gentleman played by Robert Pattinson and the movie is played out as a flashback of the old man's story.
Although I never would have expected it, Robert Pattinson plays out a perfect Jacob. That irresistible smile he gets on his face when he's around the animals definitely lets us connect with Jacob the way we wanted to see him connecting with Rosie the elephant. Perfect choice for the part!
Christoph Waltz was a decent August, the ring master and circus owner.Read more ›
Don't worry about the movie ruining the novel. The movie does an excellent job following Gruen's lead. It is common knowledge that the movie can never cover everything that happens in the book, but I was still very impressed with the quantity they did fit into the movie. The main events in the novel were portrayed well on the big screen. The movie producers did well using Gruen's detail in the book to develop the ultimate circus appearance. From the pink lace Marlena performs in, to the beautiful circus colors, this movie has it spot on.
This isn't your typical Notebook romance where their love is the main concentration. It's a love story amongst the darkness and hardships of being in a circus. The storyline is interesting, there are so many other things going on besides the building romance between Jacob and Marlena. Although, once the romance takes off, the move goes with it and has a tasteful twist at the end.Read more ›
The movie was warm, sympathetic, and involving and held our interest from the very beginning. It is told as a flashback by an elderly Jason, played by Hal Holbrook, and tells his story as a young man, played by Robert Pattinson, who is from a close knit family and is about to graduate as a vet when tragedy strikes his family. This sudden change of circumstances stuns the young Jason who starts seeking a new direction for his life.
The story is set in the year 1931 as the great depression is taking hold on the nation and so many are suffering without jobs, shelter, and food. Jason's training as a vet helps him get a job with a circus which is struggling to survive in those troubled times. The star of the circus, the wife of the owner, Marlena, played by Reese Whitherspoon becomes an object of fascination for Jason which introduces serious complications for all of them.
All of the elements required to make a fine movie are there and are beautifully molded to create a captivating story of life in all of its aspects. The scenery, acting, costumes, music, and directing all work harmoniously together to carry the viewer out of his seat and into life in a circus during the depression.
This is a movie that deserves to be watched and I recommend it highly for adults and older children. There are some intense scenes involving animals and people and it is rated PG-13. It was for me a powerful, emotional experience that will be hard to forget.
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This was an enjoyable movie. Christoph Waltz was the star of the show. The connection between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson was not that special. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Chet K.
Although the main characters were well matched to those in the novel, and portrayed by an extremely talented group of artists, so many of the powerful elements were left out,... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Surprised my girlfriend with this (her favorite book) and she loved the movie!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer