Water for Elephants - Review

UNEXPECTED ROMANCE Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants

A love story set in a Depression-era traveling circus? Involving a handsome young veterinarian, a pretty lady who does tricks atop horses, the lady's volatile, abusive husband who's also the circus owner and ringmaster, and an elephant who understands commands in Polish? With colorful narrative assets like these, Sara Gruen's best-selling historical novel Water for Elephants has always unspooled in the mind's eye like a good old-fashioned movie. Only now, look! Up on the big screen, here's Robert Pattinson as veterinary student Jacob Jankowski, brought as if by fate into the hubbub of the Benzini Brothers traveling circus! Here's Reese Witherspoon as Marlena, the sparkling star attraction! Here's Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz as Marlena's husband, August, the dangerous impresario! Here's the lovable elephant! And yet something is wrong under this big tent. Actually made to resemble a good old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing movie, this cinematicWater for Elephants droops and lumbers like Rosie the elephant herself. Read More...

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