This is the theme that traverses the story at every level. You see it subtly, passionately, and in complex ways. A mixed bag of everything.
Only days away from finishing his degree and becoming a certified vet, Jacob learns that his parents have been killed in a car accident. He leaves home and wanders aimlessly, unsure what to do - until he sees a train approaching and decides to jump on board, only to discover he has just boarded a circus train - the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.
Marlena is the star attraction and when August decides to keep Jacob on as the circus vet, he doesn't like that his wife is getting close to him. A violent man, with people and the animals, people know better than to cross him.
Jacob falls for Marlena and befriends the old drunk Camel a man not an animal and dwarf Walter. But he has very little if any chemistry with any of them. It is only when the real star arrives that the actors begin to shine. Rosie the elephant real name Tai is stunning and the greatest actress of the film.
She seems to bring out the best in the cast and when they are with her, they are brilliant.
R-Pattz flirting with Rosie is hilarious and so cute and watching Reece Witherspoon bravely climb the ladder up to sit on her shows just how strong a character Marlena is. The relationship between Marlena and Jacob does not strike me or many others as I have now discovered as a passionate love affair but more a crush on Jacob's part and a way out for Marlena.
Marlena was found abandoned as a baby and married more for necessity than love. Now stuck in an abusive relationship, she sees Jacob as a chance to escape.
Or that's how it appeared. In spite of this though, there are brilliant touches of the time, from clothing and hairstyles to the secret bars of the prohibition era and the film is visually so beautiful you feel as though you can almost touch it. This, mixed in with the breath-taking Rosie makes for a perfectly watchable film.
Plus, Hal Holbrook telling the story is so engrossing you can't help but stick around and hear what he had to say. I'm afraid I haven't read the book - so can't compare but please do comment away as to whether the adaptation was any goodWATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a beautifully produced, compelling romantic drama with, however, conflicted content.
Based on a popular novel, the movie tells in flashback what happened to an old man named Jacob in a pivotal year, , when his parents suddenly died in a car accident. Water for Elephants is an entertaining movie that should satisfy its target audience.
The splendour of the setting is however betrayed by the flatness of the narrative. Jacob is studying for his veterinary examinations when his parents are killed in accident. Apr 22, · 5.
By the time "Water For Elephants" reaches its somehow meandering-but-still-overwrought conclusion, the film has long since worn out its welcome.
Apr 21, · There's something endearingly old-fashioned about a love story involving a beautiful bareback rider and a kid who runs off to join the circus. 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 3/5. Oct 31, · Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in 3/5.
Water for Elephants was released in theaters on April 22, In the United States and Canada, Water for Elephants was released theatrically in 2, conventional theaters.
The film grossed $6,, during its opening day on April 22, , with midnight screenings in 2, locations. .