Water for Elephants Movie Reviews

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

Release Date: Apr 15, 2011

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    I went into this movie having read the original novel by Sara Gruen, and expecting this to be another screwed up adaptation of a wonderful book into a pathetic movie. It seems that films from great novels often take great liberties with the story often making the original unrecognizable, and telling a groan-worthy tale. And/or they often are so miscast, that the story is not believable. So my 18 year old daughter, who had originally read and recommended the book to me went into this movie with little hope of it being any good, thinking it would be "just OK" or, more likely, awful. We also felt that Pattinson 26, against Reese, 36, would be weird since he is ten years her junior.So we entered the theater with little hope of seeing a good movie.
    However, we were very pleasantly surprised, as this was an excellent movie that stayed true to the original story. Sara Gruen had done years of research on her depression-era circus story, and the film did a great job of capturing the life of circus folk in the 1930's. We found that beautiful Reese can certainly play younger, and she was fabulous in her role as Marlena. Pattinson, whom we had only seen from the Twilight sagas can actually act, and was surprisingly good in his role. And he and Reese had undeniable chemistry on film, the big shocker!
    We were totally drawn in to the film from beginning to end, and there were no moments where the film dragged or lagged, it kept up a fast-paced story line. The stunts, which took up an entire three screens of the credits were well executed and totally believable. Hal Holbrook as the aged Pattinson was, as always, amazing, and Christoph Waltz was perfect as the man you really want to hate, the bitter and insecure circus-boss August.
    We are very picky about films and went in this expecting to hate it, but we actually loved this film and highly recommend it. Both in print and on screen Water for Elephants is a beautiful story. The film was an amazing representation of a story well told, and finely acted, and it did not disappoint! Go see it!
  • 3
    I thought that the film was alright but not great. It reminded me a little of “Big Fish” but it is not nearly as magical and charming as that film. It is one of those films that really wants to be grant and amazing, but it falls short somehow. Reese Witherspoon is great as usual and she is still very beautiful but Robert Pattinson did seem to be too young for her. There was no chemistry between them and it made the film not as good as it could have been. I think Witherspoon did all she could but Pattinson simply is not a good actor and he was not able to carry his role. Overall, the film is not memorable but I still enjoyed watching it.
  • 3
    Starring Robert Patinson and Christoph Walz, Water for Elephants is the latest Carnival magic movie. Robert Patinson plays a student who during the Great Depression is looking for a way to make more money. He discovers a traveling carnival in which weird things happen. The movie was a little slow at times but overall I enjoyed it. Reese Witherspoon does a great job as always but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between her and Robert Patinson. I kept feeling like Reese Witherspoon was just too old for Robert Patinson. The movie looked great though. The animals were all very interesting and the movie had a pretty cool story.
  • 4
    Water for Elephants stars that kid from Twilight, Robert Patinson. One of his costars is Christoph Walz, who was recently recognized as best supporting actor in Inglorious Bastards. I really did not like this movie. I kept feeling like it was another movie meant for young girls. There were some parts of Water for Elephants that I did like though. The general visuals of the movie were excellent. It was definitely a visually appealing movie. I also liked Reese Witherspoon. She did a great job acting and was very believable. The theme of the movie was good too. A magical carnival kind of felt like that HBO show from a few years ago. Now that I think about it I may like this movie more than I originally said.
  • 2
    Water For Elephants is supposedly a romantic drama, but I was hard pressed to find any romance in this movie. Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, the Depression era film is just another watered down adaptation that loses everything that made the book interesting. Add to that one of the most boring leading men in film history, and I couldn't have been more bored.

    When Jacob's (Robert Pattinson, whose career still baffles me) parents die, he becomes broke and homeless. He leaves veterinary school and finds himself on a circus train, where he lies his way into a job as the vet. The circus is run by the iron-fisted August. He can be both charming and insane, putting fear into his workers and his wife, Marlena. He takes a liking to Jacob, who in turn takes a liking to Marlena, who in turn takes a liking to Jacob, and the sparks...um... And hey, there's something about an elephant that speaks Polish.

    There is absolutely NO chemistry between Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, who is usually more than up to the challenge. Maybe it's because she's acting opposite the wood post that is Pattinson. I swear, the elephant emotes more. Christoph Waltz is fine as August, though his character was a little to close to his Oscar winning role in Inglorious Basterds. The film is also hindered by a script that seems to have been cut together from other romantic dramas. In an interesting note, director Francis Lawrence (whose work on Constantine and I Am Legend makes him much more suited for action than for this) directed the Britney Spears' video for Circus. Maybe that's how he got the job.

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