Good Movies: “Water for Elephants”

I have finally caught up with the times and seen the Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz film Water for Elephants.

Based on Sarah Gruen’s book of the same name, one of the best things about the film is that it doesn’t change the book that much. I’ve read the book twice so I know it pretty well and I was very happy to discover that the film was easily recognizable. So often, books are changed drastically to fit into the confines of a movie and they can become almost unrecognizable. Not this time. Sure, certain things were compacted – like August becoming ringmaster and animal trainer – but they didn’t change the story.

The acting in the film is also superb.

Christoph Waltz was genius in Inglorious Basterds and a big part of the appeal for this movie in the first place. He did not disappoint. He was the perfect combination of charming salesman and conniving bastard, for the lack of a better word.

Reese Witherspoon is someone that I’ve like in some films and not liked in others. This was one of her better ones. She played Marlena as properly conflicted and sympathetic.

Robert Pattinson is often questioned over his acting ability given his association with the Twilight franchise. In my opinion, he proved the doubters wrong. I adore Twilight, I’ll admit it, but it was easy to forget that he is also Edward Cullen while watching Water for Elephants.

The most spectacular thing about the movie was the setting and the cinematography. It was breathtaking. It was easy to be taken back in time to the early 1930s and the world of the circus.

If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a try. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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