A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.
Writers: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Sara Gruen(novel)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn
Water For Elephants is an excellent period piece that has a story that captures you along with beautiful shots, scenery and great performances. The move has a “Big Fish” and “The Notebook” feeling to it, which I say, complimentary, as both of those movies are very good ; Big Fish being one of my favorite movies. Another reason why I initially compared Water For Elephants to those movies is because it has the same flashback theme.
It starts with Old Robert Pattinson, stumbling into a carnival at present time and he quickly starts talking about the old times with one of the staff members. The story is narrated, and one really cool thing I noticed that the old man starts with the narration but then after we are introduced to Robert Pattinson on screen, they blend the two voices and Robert Pattinson continues the narration.
I first thought that I enjoyed the old man’s voice and I thought how it would be nice if he had continued, but Robert Pattinson took over without missing a beat and I really enjoyed his reading, along with his great performance. Partnered with two academy award winners, Christoph Watlz and Reese Witherspoon, the performances are really extraordinary. Christoph Watlz plays a very similar part to his breakthrough roll in Inglorious Bastards; which is fine by me. He plays it brilliantly. He plays the leader of the traveling circus and is likable and funny at times, but always has the ability to truly be evil. He is deceptive, demanding and always aware. He was very fun to watch again, but I would like to see him in a different roll someday. Reece Witherspoon was very good as well, nothing amazing, but very good, and beautiful.