Water for Elephants (2011)

I thought with a cast like this it might be interesting movie. Reese Witherspoon was great in Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn. I remember the movie The Man in the Moon (1991). Christoph Waltz had a great performance in Inglourious Basterds (2009). Since then that unique character has been showing up. Yes everybody knows Robert Pattinson from the Twilight movies. But can the young man escape the fame of Twilight success. I think the trailer is a good teaser. I really love period movies sometime in the 1930’s. Hal Holbrook as a mature Jacob Jankowsky starts it out by telling his story. Charlie played by Paul Schneider looks on with wonder of a different time. Maybe it’s simply the mystery of a time before me. A good movie makes you feel like your there.

Robert Pattinson as Jacob is about to finish college as a veterinarian. His parents are killed in a car accident. Suddenly in debt with the bank Jacob has nothing. Without a house and penniless he heads out of town. Jacob gets on a train that turns out to be a traveling circus. He does odd jobs until he meets the owner August played by Christoph Waltz. August gives Jacob a chance as their new veterinarian. Jacob had this smile he made giving him this innocent demeanor. I think it works for his character. He is book smart but out in this world there are lessons. Jacob sees Marlena working with horses and is smitten by her. Marlena played by Reese Witherspoon looks delicately delightful. Of course this clearly means trouble for every one. Why am I the only one to see this?

August to most is a business man. But behind the scenes he acts with less scruples. The dirty work is carried out by Blackie played by Scott MacDonald. Sometimes during the train traveling at night people would go missing. Nothing happen without August knowing about it. As Jacob and Marlena get to know each other feelings grow between the two. Not all is well with the Circus. August needs a main attraction. One that is spectacular to fill the seats allowing the Circus to continue. August buys an elephant and is to work with Marlena. Jacob is to train the new elephant. A stressed out August jabs the elephant to be obedient but only manages to hurt the elephant. By mistake Jacob speaks polish and the elephant seems to understand and obey. So the training gets underway. But just as good fortune seems to permeate. You get the feeling an inevitable volcano will erupt.

I liked the delivery of the movie. The scenery of the 1930’s and the cast. When the main characters dressed for diner it seem classy. The movie seem to go by quickly which means entertaining. Yes it’s a love story but I think guys will be surprised and find a good movie. Charm your lady by suggesting it first and look like the caring sweetheart you really are. I recommend it worthy rental.


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