Water For Elephants, based on a novel by Sara Gruen, is a love story set on a circus during The Great Depression. Jacob accidentally hops off on a circus train, looking for a job. His application is about to be denied when he mentioned he is a veterinarian graduate from Cornell. August, the circus manager, take interest and hires him.
At that time, the circus is at the brink of quitting. August thinks an elephant would be the solution – by attracting more attention the circus can gain more profit. Rosie, the elephant, is untrained and knows nothing about tricks or following orders and thus the role of Jacob comes in. At work, Jacob falls in love with Marlena, the star-studded performer and happens to be August’s wife. He knows his feelings would infuriate August and decides to hide it. But he can’t.
The film starts off like Titanic. An aged man is full of stories and when he is prompted, he floods the asker with details. The whole events in the movie happens during the man’s revelation.
If it’s possible, the elephant is the star of the movie, at least as far as an animal can act. I felt horribly sad when she moans for help and flash his teary eyes or I’m at joy when she splashes water from her trunk, like a child eager to play. Also Christoph Waltz as August gives the thrilling and almost scary tension out of Jacob and Marlena’s forbidden love. You might know him from the movie Inglourious Basterds. He’s good.
What made me frown is the chemistry of Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. I found none. I don’t know if it’s the age gap or the make-over but they don’t look good together. True, in the novel Marlena is older than Jacob but I was hoping for an intimate couple and not lovers looking like an innocent mother-son relationship.
You will get what you paid for. There will be stunning circus performance like the elephant standing on a foot or two or sitting like a lady or posing like superman. The one-ring circus is dazzling together with the various performers. I heard the soundtrack before I saw the movie and it was moving. There are some dance songs and don’t be embarrassed if you find yourself dancing. I perfectly understand it.
If you are okay with cliché love triangle but with a different setting and attitude, I bet you’ll enjoy this. Well, my sister did.
Robert Pattinson is not bad after all. He is more than being the pale blood-sucking vampire. But it would be great to see him other than in a love story. In Harry Potter, he fits well with Cedric Diggory. Perhaps I have to watch his How To Be and Little Ashes for a personal verdict.
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