Thursday, May 12, 2011

Water for Elephants ::

Water for Elephants is based on the acclaimed number one bestselling book of the same name by Sara Gruen. The story takes place in the present with an elderly Jacob Jankowski who takes himself to the circus, the show manager taking him inside out of the night & rain. Here he then begins to tell his story. Jacob {Robert Pattinson} has no life to go back to & jumps a train not knowing it was a circus.

Getting the approval from August {Christoph Waltz}; the boss, Jacob becomes The Benzini Brothers veterinarian. He soon becomes infatuated with the star attraction Marlena {Reese Witherspoon}, who unfortunately is married to August.

At one lucky stop, where another circus has left it's pickings, they acquire Rosie, the elephant. She gets some rough treatment until she co-operates. Rosie & Marlena are then the star attraction together creating an act for the show. Things get hairy due to Augusts’ violent outburst; however the film ends on sort a somber but happy ending.

Having read the book prier to seeing the film, I could see what parts they used & changed. I must say I did enjoy the book more but did love the film, the costuming. The performances were very well done, especially the tricks & limits of the elephant.

Water for Elephants opened nationally today; check your local Cinema for screening times.


Catherine said...

Ooh what circussy fun you have been having! Water for Elephants is just starting here ..think we might go & see it quite soon. Have a wonderful weekend. Much love Catherine x


I am circus obsessed at the moment :) I do hope you enjoy Water for Elephants when you see it. I have had a wonderful weekend so far, despite being so very cold. I hope you have a lovely weekend :) xox

Cath Brookes said...

Life in a circus is a much neglected topic, but take it back to 1929 and the problems of the depression,here is fodor for a wonderful story-line and opportunity for in-depth character studies. well written, well paced.
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