Eonline Gives Water For Elephants A "B+"


Review in a Hurry: Robert  Pattinson, Reese  Witherspoon and Christoph  Waltz are swept up in a romantic triangle that unhinges under the  big top. Set during the Great Depression, the height of the circus era, Water For Elephants is unflinchingly honest—and hard to watch—regarding  the treatment of animals, but that's as it should be.

Plus, Waltz is brilliant as the menacing ring leader, Rosie the elephant is  the most enduring non-human in years and Pattinson plays a young man—named  Jacob!—with a special connection to jungle beasts. Start writing your Twilight for Elephants fanfic mashups now!

The Bigger Picture: After a tragic car crash kills both his  parents, Jacob drops out of college and boards a train hobo-style. He quickly  discovers that it's home to the "world famous" Benzini Bros. Circus group (a  distant third to the much more popular Ringling Bros.) He attended school to be  a vet, so why not take care of their animals?

Jacob has literally joined the circus.

He meets the charming but rage-filled August (Waltz) who likes the idea of a  man of science added to his employ. And once he sees August's wife, the  beautiful Marlena (Witherspoon)—Benzini's star human attraction—he's instantly  smitten.

The real star of the film, however, is Waltz. An actor with an endless supply  of charisma, needed when you're playing a man who tortures defenseless animals.  He has his reasons, fearing for Marlena's life when Rosie freaks out at her  debut performance, but still, he goes way too far. This scene in particular can  be hard to sit through. Yet as gut wrenching as it can be to see August punish  the soulful-eyed Rosie it strengthens the narrative. Stories can be made better  with great villains, and this is certainly the case here.

It's a good thing too, since the heart of the story is pretty standard.  Jacob's an animal lover who falls for the like-minded Marlena. But she's married  to that jerk August. All too often the baddies in these tales are one  dimensional and there's never any push and pull for audiences. Clearly, we want  Marlena to end up with Jacob.

But as played by Waltz, August is a great example of a man who's made  desperate and angry by the period in which he lives. (Pre-Depression he might  have been more successful and less psychotic.) This observation of 1930s America  rings true in today's economic climate as well, where the Sheen's and Gibson's  of the world have their meltdowns in the media's center ring. That kind of  madness can easily become campy, but Waltz keeps the character grounded. You  simply can't take your eyes off him.

It's slightly disappointing that Rob and Reese, who are equally likable,  don't generate much heat as the couple we root for. Both are solid, but the  characters of Jacob and Marlena don't leave much of an impression. It could be  the source material, but since the novel by Sarah Gruen has  millions of fans, we're inclined to think otherwise.

Director Francis Lawrence is a good fit for the material.  His previous two films, Constantine and I Am Legend, were set  in world's that could have been merely dark and depressing, but his use of  bright colors changed the feel of those pics. Likewise, the dreary world of Elephants sports a stunningly rich color palette, essential for a story  set in a circus.

Rosie is played by Tai, a 42-year-old veteran of motion pictures. The  sequences with Tai the elephant are extraordinary. Seeing Reese on top as Tai  gets up on her hind legs reaching for sky is breathtaking. It's amazing and  really cool that this is a real flesh-and blood pachyderm and not a computer  generated one.

The 180—a Second Opinion: Fans of the book might be put off  by some of the changes. The biggest being that the novel was structured as a  mystery. This has been completely stripped away in favor of a straightforward  drama.





I seriously can't wait to see this film!

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Comment by Alison Genet on April 22, 2011 at 9:27am

Make sure that you don't cut and paste full articles written by someone else.  Take a part of the interview that in interesting and link to the rest of the story with a "read more" or "read the full article."


Thanks for posting.  I can't wait to see the movie either :)

Comment by Gillian Lee Black on April 22, 2011 at 2:26pm

A b+????????????? thats crap! it deserves an A+++++++++++



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