Conclusion: Spot on. It was a watered down version of a potentially heavy weight romantic stunner. It did look great, it was beautifully produced and etc etc but, as with the watering down of the whiskey for the elephant, it just failed to make that oh so important connection that made you really care. It is strange as it had all the ingredients it just seemed that whenever the opportunity was there it backed off and went another direction.
Summary: I agree it is kind of old school and much of the charm of the movie was in the costumes and setting representing the bygone era of 1931. As such it was entertaining and I wasn't bored (although at one point in the middle I was almost bored !). Robert was OK and Reese, let's face it, was just being Reese and neither of them were outstanding. However Christopher Waltz was fabulous as the sadist bad guy who was also charming and sorry for himself.
Summary: I don't get the Robert Pattinson thing so nearly didn't go to this movie, but I'm glad I did. A good adaptation from the book, it wasn't how I pictured it as I read the book and that can be a good thing. I ended up enjoying Pattinson in the role and Reese played her character well too. A good mix of characters, casting worked well and the whole premise of 1931 worked well. I actually enjoyed the way the movie started and finished in current time and then looked back.
Summary: I didn't think I could imagine Robert Pattison without fangs and red glowing eyes, so thought that this movie would be terrible. I was happy to proved wrong, and thought he pulled off a great performance in this film. I hadn't read the book, so can't compare it to that. But enjoyed the film from start to finish and would definately recommend it.
Summary: Geez, Rebecca Barry. "It's not explained why Jacob can suddenly speak a strange language the elephant understands." REALLY? Because remember at the beginning of the film when Jacob is speaking POLISH to his POLISH parents who very soon after die in a car accident? And then remember how when he is frustrated with the elephant Jacob says something in POLISH and the elephant responds? Jeez, its clear to me that you weren't paying attention when watching this film.