ToR’s Review of Water for Elephants: “Water for Elephants is the Most Spectacular Show on Earth”   19 comments

Thanks to Fox, we were lucky enough to see Water for Elephants at the Premiere in New York City last Sunday. Here’s our review of the movie. 

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel penned by Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants is set during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The movie plunges you into an era where travelling circuses and big tops were all the rage.  Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson,) a veterinary student at Cornell, learns rapidly how life can change with the blink of an eye when his parents die in an accident. Alone with nowhere to go and no money Jacob jumps on a train, which turns out to be owned by the Benzini Brothers, a travelling circus. First seen as an intruder by the owner of the circus, August (cleverly played by Christoph Waltz,) his veterinary skills quickly come in handy and help him find his own place in the circus. When Jacob meets August’s wife Marlena (played by Reese Witherspoon,) he falls under her charm and soon has to deal with the furious temper of a crazed husband. 

Ladies and gentleman prepare to be wooed; this is Robert Pattinson like you’ve never seen him before. From laughter to extreme frustration, Pattinson displays a wide array of emotions, showing his worth as an actor. Witherspoon and Waltz also show their amazing Oscar winning capabilities in this movie. As a secondary character, Hal Holbrook plays the part of an older Jacob Jankowski marvellously well. In the fashion of great Hollywood love stories, the transition between “old Jacob” and “young Jacob” is cleverly played. 

Water for Elephants is beautifully shot. Francis Lawrence manages to bring an entire era to life on the silver screen. You’ll go through a roller-coaster of emotions,  from laughter to tears. For fans of the book, you will definitely not be disappointed, the screenplay written by Richard LaGravenese, stays true to the book. 

Definitely a must see! Water for Elephants is simply the most spectacular show on earth… 

19 responses to “ToR’s Review of Water for Elephants: “Water for Elephants is the Most Spectacular Show on Earth”

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  1. good to hear, i am looking forward to see it. been promotin wfe through facebook and twitter

  2. I can’t wait to see this movie.. 🙂

  3. I was transported back in time both in storyline as well as in movie making seeing this movie. It is spectacular in many ways. I’m seeing it two more times opening weekend to support Rob and the film. Rob is captivating and it’s his best performance yet. Anyone having seen him before on film or in an interview would see no trace of Rob here. He becomes Jacob. Bravo to all involved.

  4. WOnderful review, ladies! I can’t wait to see the movie tonight! Chattanooga, TN is doing their own version of a premiere and we are going to it tonight!

  5. i knew it! i read the book, and it was truly intriguing, can’t wait to see the film!

    • They stayed very true to the book. I read a lot and to me it’s a big disappointment when they change the entire book plot on screen. I was not disappointed with Water for Elephants!

  6. I needed to read straight through this post twice since it was interesting! gorgeous expression, a honestly useful article. Thank you. I follow your site to wish you continued success.

  7. I still dont understand how this movie got such horrible reviews.Its a great movie. I just hope Rob proves them wrong one day.

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  10. First: Great review! Very well written!! Second: My feelings toward the movie: I LOVED IT!! Absolutely phenomenal movie and I can’t wait to get back to the theater to see it again!! ^_^

  11. Ok, I just came from watching WFE just to see for myself how horrible Robert Pattinson supposedly is – because no reviewer/critic seems to be able to watch him in anything and give him a fair shake (that must be SO frustrating for him & Kristen both!). So I’ll add my 2 cents here. 🙂

    The film was good and very watchable – there is a flaw in the romance aspect of things, but I’m not so sure that it’s the actor’s fault. It’s almost like the two characters don’t have enough time to go from “we’re falling in love” to “we’re in love” – they sort of just suddenly are. It could have used a few more (or maybe just different) love scenes to make that part a little more believable.

    But DON’T believe all the critics who are saying there is no chemistry between Robert & Reese – it’s there! But like I said, it never really “gets super hot” (although in my opinion, it gets hot enough).

    DEFINITELY worth a trip to the movie house (as opposed to waiting for it on DVD). If you’re a Robert Pattinson fan, you’ll end up with a few tears at the sweet, tearjerker ending and come out with a big smile like I did! 🙂

  12. Don`t know why critics didn`t like it..Perhaps that relationship betwen Jacob and Marlena could be a bit better on screen,but other than that it`s a fine movie.Loved Chris as August and Rob as Jacob.Beautiful shots of the circus..

    So,don`t listen all those critics.It a treat for your eyes:)

  13. I watched the movie on opening night and I just loved it!! I actually liked it better than the book. For me, the book seemed to drag on a bit at times. On the contrary, the movie was exciting and hit all the major points. I agree with above post, however, that mentioned that the only possible issue would be that they didn’t give the audience enough time to see Jacob and Marlena’s relationship blossom and develop fully. On the other hand, this is a movie and they only have about a two hour window to tell the entire story.

    With that said, I loved it and I thought all the actors did an incredible job. I loved Rob in this movie. He was amazing. I’m just frustrated with the critics. I don’t think they will ever give him a break no matter how well he does. I just hope he continues to make movies despite the critics. His fans obviously love his work not just because he played Edward Cullen, but because he continues to grow into a wonderful actor. FANS SUPPORT HIS MOVIES!! 🙂

  14. Loved the look and feel of the movie. I laughed and cried and got extremely angry…Rob did an amazing job. It was nice to see him laugh and smile. I wish that they had not made this movie with PG-13 in mind, I think they could have gotten a little raunchier and let Rob really let loose like he did in Little Ashes (my fav)

  15. I read the Book and its a Beautiful story, the Film is AMAZING and i went to see it 11 times at the Cinema because i will always support Robert and his films he is such a beautiful actor with more talent than i have in my little finger and i will always love him and follow his career.
    The film is beautiful shot and the main four actors are amazing Christoph, Reese, Tai and Robert i loved the relationship between Rosie and Jacob so beautiful and the film made me laugh and cry. i am so impressed that the film followed the book to a T and I LOVE IT. Count down is on for the DVD. LOVE YOU ROBERT PATTINSON FORVER AND ALWAYS!! XXXXXXXXXXX ❤ ❤ ❤

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