During this time, he bonds with Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but emotionally troubled superintendent of animals. The tempestuous triangle that develops becomes even more complicated when Rosie, an Asian elephant with a personality to match any of the humans, enters the picture. Throw in an elephant as a matchmaker and you have the potential for a show of great imagination and emotional depth.
Three, come to think of it.
Set early in the Great Depression and late in Prohibition, Water for Elephants is an old-school, circus-themed romantic drama that, given our recent and current financial woes, is as timely as it is nostalgic.
Robert Pattinson is Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary school student at Cornell University about to get his degree and follow his father into the profession.
But when his parents are killed in an automobile accident, he abandons his studies and runs away, hitching a ride on a random boxcar passing by. In the bookends that open and close the film, Hal Holbrook plays the older Jacob, a nonagenarian who relates the events of the past as an extended flashback.
Waltz shows us why he won that Oscar for Inglourious Basterds. But Pattinson is the elephant in the room. If you think about his scenes with Waltz, with whom he can barely share the screen, or if you compare his work to that of Hal Holbrook, playing the same character at a different age, you immediately notice the difference between acting his and Acting theirs.
The nostalgic, emotional screenplay by accomplished veteran Richard LaGravenese The Bridges of Madison County, The Horse Whisperer, The Fisher Kingbased on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, fails to deliver a circus-disaster climax that is as persuasive or dramatic as the events leading up to it.
But that has as much to do with the quality of the buildup as it does with the limitations of the denouement. This is an old-fashioned motion picture in the sense that you could believe it was made in any of many earlier eras.
In the crowded genre of romantic drama, it registers as slightly above run-of-the-mill. But in the underpopulated genre of circus drama, it is highly accomplished; for example, when compared to the winner of the Best Picture Oscar, The Greatest Show on Earth, it leaves its three-ring predecessor in the dust.
Despite doing a better job of revisiting a fondly remembered entertainment attraction than establishing its central romance, Water for Elephants is an absorbing and affecting period piece.Apr 21, · What makes "Water for Elephants" more intriguing is a third character, reminding us why Christoph Waltz deserved his supporting actor Oscar for "Inglourious Basterds" ().
He plays the circus owner, who is married to the bareback rider and keeps her and everyone else in his iron grip.3/5. The intricate and deeply involved plot of the best-selling Sara Gruen novel Water for Elephants is translated with elegance and grace onto the big screen..
It would have been easy to skip over the great detail that has made the novel so beloved, but filmmakers don't hold back and the result is a beautiful love story with a interesting sub-plot of looking beyond the surface to see a less-than.
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Water for Elephants – Movie Review. Review by Stacey Tuttle.
As I look through the notes I jotted down while watching Water for Elephants, I definitely see a recurring theme about illusion.
The movie centers around a circus and a circus is all about illusion and appearance, from the “freak shows” to the magic acts to the clowns who put on.