I saw this film last week and I have been thinking about it ever since. If you don't want to know what the story is about, look away now! I won't spoil it, but just in case I say something you want to find out for yourselves...
Originally a novel by Sara Gruen (which I now NEED to read), 'Water for Elephants' follows the story of veterinary student, Jacob (Robert Pattinson). After receiving some terrible news, he runs away and hops on board a train in the night only to find it is a travelling circus! He becomes the circus' vet, taking care of the animals and working for August, the ring leader of the show. Jacob soon meets his wife, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and falls in love (ahhh...).
In order to keep the circus up and running, August - who isn't the nicest person - buys an elephant which ultimately brings Marlena and Jacob closer... Naturally, there is some drama along the way, and lots of amazing tricks by the animals, but to find out the rest you MUST watch this film.
I remember watching the trailer in the cinema last year and thinking that this looked like my kind of film; I have come to learn that I like movies which are visually stunning, and the 1930s circus settings, the costumes, the styling all come together beautifully. I would love to throw an Art Deco circus party one day!
The story itself is really captivating too; yes, love is a dominant theme, but a great deal of focus is on life on a travelling circus during the Great Depression and the animals too, especially Rosie, the elephant. So even though this film will initially appeal to girly animal lovers (like myself), there is still a strong plot line running through with some very important issues.
But what surprised me most about this film is Robert Pattinson; after only really seeing him in the Twilight films and being somewhat disappointed in 'Remember Me' (I think I expected too much), I was unsure as to what his acting would be like. I am happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised! I have always been a fan of Reese Witherspoon too and once again, she did not disappoint.
Now I can't wait to read the book and get the hardback version so it can look pretty on my shelf next to The Great Gatsby; Although I am pleased I have seen the film first as now I can imagine the scenes just like they are in the movie, oh how I adored the prettiness of it all! Have any of you read it yet? And does it compare to the film?
And besides, this is the movie which led to the great friendship between the two actors, which has obviously come in very handy in light of recent adulterous events, so it is worth giving it a watch just for that! *wink!*