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Water for Elephants

A 2011 movie directed by Francis Lawrence.

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Water For Elephants is a romantic, funny and dramatic film.

  • Apr 24, 2011
Water For Elephants is easily one of the best movies I have seen this year so far.  It is an entertaining film that features an actor and actress who have perfect on screen chemistry.  Robert Pattinson is a veternarian student named Jacob who hops aboard a train after his parents are killed in a car accident. He discovers the train is a travelling circus.  Reese Witherspoon plays a circus performer named Marlena.  She is married to Albert who runs the circus show.  He is played by Christoph Waltz.  I like how the relationship between Pattinson and Witherspoon starts off as friendship and blossoms into a romance.    Christoph Waltz has a talent for playing a villain. His only ambition is to pack people under the circus tent.  His character creates a romantic tension in the movie.Hal Holbrook rounds out the cast.  He is the narrator of the story playing the role of older version of Jacob. Holbrook is sentimental and funny in the early scenes of the movie.

I am amazed at the kinds of tricks and moves that director Francis Lawrence gets the elephant to do.  There are a few scenes of animal cruelty in the film.  I hope this does not turn people away from seeing this movie.  No animals were actually hurt in this film.   These scenes are merely staying true to the spirit of the novel.  There are also many scenes in which animals are treated with gentleness and care.  Water For Elephants is a film set in 1931 during the Depression.  Composer James Newton Howard captures the spirit of that time with his score.    His score is exciting and romantic at times.  The soundtrack also features a song by Bessie Smith entitled "I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl".  This is a sassy blues tune that I have never heard of before.  I  absolutely love this song and the entire soundtrack.  Water For Elephants is romantic, funny and dramatic at different parts.  This combination makes this movie one of the best I have seen all year.

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May 01, 2011
Great review, Robert! I have been wanting to check out this flick and I love Bessie Smith, thanks for sharing :)
April 26, 2011
Great review. Yes we loved it too.
April 24, 2011
this has been getting rave reviews. I know it is a good film but I may have to be in the right mood to see it. Thanks for the review!!
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A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.
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Director: Francis Lawrence
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 22 April 2011 (USA)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures, 3 Arts Entertainment, Flashpoint Entertainment
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