Condition: New Format: DVD AC-3; Color; Dolby; Dubbed; DVD; Subtitled; Widescreen; NTSC ACADEMY AWARD® Winners Reese Witherspoon* and Christoph Waltz** join Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) for this epic tale of forbidden love based on Sara Gruen’s acclaimed best seller. Against all odds, a veterinary student (Pattinson) and a beautiful circus performer from a bygone era (Witherspoon), meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant. But their secret romance incurs the wrath of her dangerously volatile husband (Waltz). Sara Gruen's bestselling novel comes to glossy life in this period romance. A sparkle-free Robert Pattinson plays Jacob Jankowski, who studies veterinary medicine during the Great Depression. After a family tragedy, he loses everything, including the chance to graduate from prestigious Cornell, so he hops a train, where he finds himself part of the struggling Benzini Brothers Circus. Ringleader August (Christoph Waltz, echoing his Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds performance) has doubts about the softhearted lad, but a fellow Pole smoothes the way, and Jacob becomes the company vet, which leads him to platinum-blond equestrian Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), August's wife. The two make eyes at each other, but an affair would surely end badly, so they concentrate on their work. When Marlena's prize steed falls ill, August purchases an elephant, hoping Rosie will turn their fortunes around, and enlists Jacob to train her. Unfortunately, she's slow to respond to commands until Jankowski unlocks her secret--and after August has beaten the poor thing into submission. After that, things start to look up until Jacob steals a kiss from his dream girl. As in The Notebook, the film it most closely resembles, an elderly version of the central character (Hal Holbrook, touching) narrates in the present day (screenwriter Richard LaGravenese also adapted The Bridges of Madison County). He tells an interesting tale, so it's too bad the leads strike so few sparks. For those who find big-top classics like Nightmare Alley too dark, however, Francis Lawrence's feel-better variant may be just the ticket. --Kathleen C. FennessyRelated Products
A circus traveling the country by train during the Depression is the setting of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. It is a visually appealing period piece that seems to lose a lot in the story. The circus is owned by a sociopathic and murderous August (played with relish by the delightful Christoph Waltz). His gorgeous young wife Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) is the circus' star performer. Enter the dashingly handsome and noble Jacob (Robert Pattinson) and well...you c..
The book is better than the movie. The book has well developed characters. It's also has a rich, well developed, story line.. You feel the atmosphere and the grittiness of circus life. You get to know and feel about the characters in the story; beyond the main characters. . In the book, Marlena wasn't portrayed as some flirtatious vamp. Jacob was an innocent, but strong young man thrown into the circus by life circumstances, and you really get to know August ..