April 27, 2011

Movie Review: Water For Elephants

"Water for Elephants" is a film based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Sara Gruen. The film was set during the Great Depression where a veterinary Cornell student, Jacob Jankowski (played by Robert Pattinson), who learned that life could change in an instant. Jacob tried to gain himself after losing everything and ended up working for a circus training an elephant where he encountered love and lost... and the twisted circus owner.

The film was beautifully made as the costumes were glamorous and circus scenes were well shot. I was extremely impressed with Robert Pattinson's acting. I was expecting some Edward Cullen cheesiness of fuckery, but Robert played a believable part as Jacob and showed a wide range of emotions. Reese Witherspoon was, as usual, a great actress due to her versatility in acting and looked beautiful with the costume and hair.



That being said, I did find the film dragged on longer than necessary. There were times when I thought "gawd, cut your loses and stop making stupid decisions" but I guess if the characters were to think logically the movie would only be an hour long. Regardless, it had good drama and the circus animals were cute- I just don't suggest seeing this movie with a guy because they will be bored.

I give this movie 3.5/5 elephants.


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51 comments:

  1. thanks for this review
    the only reason why i want to watch this movie
    is because of robert p. LOL

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  2. i can't wait to see this! sounds interesting, i'm kinda drawn to its quirky title! lol

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  3. I seriously cannot wait to see this.

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  4. I can't wait to see this one! I LOVE Reese Witherspoon.

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  5. im going to watch tis just becuase i like reese! hehe;) thanks for sharing the review by the way...following you now! :) xoxo Cheryl

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  6. I'm glad to hear it was at least worth seeing! Did you read the book?

    XOXO

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  7. I want to see this for the circus scenes alone. The rest would just be the cherry on top!

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  8. Thanks for the review - good to know that the costumes are lovely and the acting is decent!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. I'm looking forward to this one,Reese's look in it is totally inspiring me!

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  10. I might go see it with my mom - I know the husband won't sit through it!

    K.

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  11. oh i am going to see the movie next week!!! i read the book so i am quite excited to see it :)

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  12. he's a veterinary student too...represent!!!

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  13. I figured that the only reason everyone said they loved this movie was because of the current Robert Pattinson obsession running throughout the world, which I do not and will never understand because, well, ew.

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  14. I was thinking this movie might be worth it for Reese's outfits/ hair alone, but I do want to read the book first! I've been putting it off for, oh, about five years now... or however long the book has been out :)

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  15. im surprised this movie is decent and also that he's a good actor. LOL! it looks really boring on the commercials.

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  16. I have read the book and when I found out about the movie I was a little disappointed. Eh, it is a pity that they chose fantastic actors but when I found out the director of Twilight was going to do it ... -toilet flush-

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  17. Impatient to watch this film :D

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  18. Thanks for the review, I will have to give it a try.

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  19. Damn! I've been trying to talk the boy into seeing this movie with me based on the fact that Christoph Waltz is in it, and he LOVED Christoph Waltz as the Nazi captain in Inglourious Basterds.

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  20. I'm so glad you shared more about this film... I love Reese and really want to see this! Hope you had a great Easter weekend!


    Rachel

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  21. AHHHHHHH I am SO excited to see this movie. I've been sosososo looking forward to it being released, I loved Reese's spread in Vogue this month too. She looked FAB.

    -Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  22. well these two are definitely not my favourite actors..but the movie sounds interresting..i think i wait for the dvd :)

    great post as always!


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  23. Thanks for sharing, I want to see this movie :)

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  24. I saw "Arthur" instead of this (it was really bad) last weekend and wish I would have seen WFE instead...

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  26. I didn't recognize Robert without his wild hairstyle. He looks so much better with short hair and Reese looks amazing like always.
    Of course I haven't heard of this movie either, you probably figured it out by now that I live in a cave. I never know these things, but that's where you come to the rescue and I find out more about Hollywood movies !

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  27. Wouldn't matter to me if Rob and the Elephant walked around in a circle staring deeply into each other soul "gathering inapprociate feelings" (ewww haha)for 2 hours, as long as it's not bad as District 9...I'll endure it. That movie was GROSS and pointless. Don't watch if you have a weak stomach, smh.

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  28. I doubt this movie (mainly bc i don't like reese witherspoon and her being a main character...) BUT glad to see you liked this movie, might have to check it out! thanks.

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  29. great review, the trailer looked okay and i heard the book was really good, but my friend said that the reviews were bad since apparently rob and reese do not have chemistry at ALL, haha, that being said, i'll probably wait until it comes out on dvd!




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  30. the film sounds like its worth watching. I don't even like R Pat but I might be tempted to go an see this one.
    http://cgdn.blogspot.com/

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  31. let me know if you find anything awesome at zara! thanks for the movie review. i've been torn over whether i want to see it. i'm leaning towards no now!

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  32. Fantastic review!! I have been wanting to see this!!

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  33. Nice review. I really want to see this movie still.

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  34. thank you SO Much for this review!!! i cant wait to see it. I do love me some Rob Pat. <3

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  35. A chance to see Robert as something other than a vampire!

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  36. I'm was so excited that you did this review. I was going to watch the film this week. We saw Arthur(which was disappointing b/c I've seen better ones & Limitless (which, I loved). This film sounds interesting, I may wait though. Great review!

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  37. I love this movie!! I'm so pleased you gave it a good review. It is one of the only movies that I feel does justice to the book it was made after. :)

    I agree, Robert did a great job in it. It was nice seeing him tan too. Lol. I feel like this is just proof he will be a prominent actor from now on...

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  38. I love the look of the filck... the costumes, the sets. I love the music too. And I love love LOVEd that elephant. Maybe the most beautiful pachyderm I have ever seen. But I agree, go see this with your girlfriends, not your man.

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  39. I was all set to go see it until your warning at the end. I don't like Pattinson, but Reese is very likable.

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  40. Wow I was expecting the movie to be a bomb but if you think its worth seeing perhaps I will venture out and see it one of these cheap tuesdays :)

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  41. i love the costumes reese is wearing in white elephant!!!

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  42. I love the range of your blog... and your realistic advice... "I just don't suggest seeing this movie with a guy because they will be bored."

    Fair enough. =)

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  43. Hello darling,

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words!

    Kisses,
    Annabelle
    http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com

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  44. Wauw, great post!
    love it :)
    x

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  45. i know right?! i can't wait. i had a post on this too! i read the book, and also posted on some other topics related also. check it out.

    http://rosy-pop.blogspot.com/2011/03/elephants.html

    ~Fae
    http://www.rosypop.com

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  46. "Edward Cullen cheesiness of fuckery" -this made me lol! HAHA omg. But anyway, am I the only one here who happens to not know anything about the existence of this movie? Aw I'm such a loser! LOL I want to watch this now! I'm adoring Reese's hair, it suits her! And honestly, when I first glanced at the first picture, I did not recognize them both! o_O The title is interesting though. :P Thanks for the review! :)

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  47. i really want to watch this movie :)

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  48. "was expecting some Edward Cullen cheesiness of fuckery" haha, that's my new favorite quote! you are brilliant!

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  49. When i saw the trailer and the making of this movie i thought to myself, err?! Really i don't knoiw if its gonna be a great movie, and thanks to ur review but i just don't think there chemistry bet them :P.. but i;ll see maybe i can try seeing it for me to know...

    Oh i love Reese though!

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  50. i thought the previews for this movie looked good--visually speaking. and i love how Reese looks in this movie too, but i didn't think it was going to be any good. thanks for the review Julie!

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