Here’s a surprise. I not only watched Water for Elephants, I actually enjoyed it a lot. I remember last month when R-Patz and Reese Witherspoon were here for the Australian premiere and I just happened to be passing by, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elephant. Unfortunately, the screams of teenage girls forced me to retreat before I saw anything.
But to make this film all about R-Patz is unfair. Water For Elephants, based on the bestselling novel by Sara Gruen (who amazingly started it as a part of NaNoWriMo!), is a very good movie about an educated young man (Pattinson) who finds himself working for the Benzini Brothers Circus during the Great Depression and the Prohibition era. The owner of the circus is August (Christoph Waltz), a charming but cruel man, and his wife and star performer is Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). Oh, and of course there is an elephant.
It’s one of those classic coming-of-age stories, and if you have any interest in circuses or animals or R-Patz, then chances are you’ll find Water for Elephants a pretty enjoyable ride. This was a shock to me, considering don’t particularly like Pattinson or Witherspoon, though I am a massive fan of Christoph Waltz (and have been since Inglourious Basterds).
Having interviewed circus performers last year, I do have a bit of a thing for the circus (despite my fear of clowns), but I think I would have enjoyed Water For Elephants in any case. It’s a lovely film, beautifully shot and oozing a nostalgic old school feel. The progression of the plot is painfully predictable but I still had a good time with it.
3.75 stars out of 5
PS: After playing a character called Jacob in this film, it looks like R-Patz is now both Team Edward and Team Jacob!