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.

Photos from IMDB

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