Excerpt: Ever been dragged into a movie that you had no interest in seeing? How many times did you end up liking that movie much more than you expected? I'm happy to say that's what happened to me with Water for Elephants. I wanted to see the other animal movie that came out this weekend, but alas I settled for this one. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The drama was pretty well done.
Excerpt: "You do right by me, I'll show you a life most suckers can't even dream of". - August As far as a romantic drama goes, this was a pretty good one, once the train starts rolling along. Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, this takes place during the Great Depression ( I know, what was so great about it?) when a young immigrant’s parents die suddenly in a freak accident. Now destitute, with no way of finishing his veterinary degree, Jacob joins the circus.
Summary: Water for Elephants was a WONDERFUL book. I was afraid that no movie could compare to the delicious tale spun by Sara Gruen. I was particularly worried about Robert Pattinson being able to bring life to Jacob on screen (given that he's really only excelled at being a dead vampire). Also, the critics weren't too nice to this film. I have to say though, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I fell back into the story with the cast of characters.
A beautiful film, less depressing than the book I believe
22 April 2011
Summary: Having read a few reviews of this depression era set novel by Sara Gruen, I was apprehensive to see the film. The readers and critics had said it was too depressing and didn't end well. I'm happy to say the film is not bad at all. It captures the mood of the 1930s, and we the audience really get a sense of what it must have been like to live in that time in history. (Yes we went through our own depression but it was quite different and much more difficult back then.
Conclusion: I was very suprised when I saw this film, I thought it was going very boring when I read about it but that changed as soon as I watched it, I could watch it over and over again, deffinatley one to buy
Summary: 1931 wasn't a good year. The depression hit America hard. Water for Elephants captures this grim reality but manages to maintain the romanticism of the train-travelling big-top circus era. Pattison handles the leading role with a great deal of competency, though never seeming to transcend that level. This stands out more in comparison to the excellent performances given by Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon.