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Water for Elephants / De l'eau pour les éléphants (Bilingual)

Reese Witherspoon , Robert Pattinson    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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. Fennessy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic May 23 2014
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I loved this movie. It kept pretty much to the book which was good. If one is looking for a period movie in the 20/30's this is the one. I wanted it to be longer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story May 2 2014
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I watched this for the first time with my mother. I always enjoy Reese Witherspoon, and she played her part well. The circus scenes were a joy to watch and the love story that unfolded was enjoyable. All-in-all a good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Water for Elephants shouldn't be ignored Dec 13 2011
I must start my review by stating that I read the book, Water for Elephants, first. More often than not, the book version turns out to be a much better version of the story than the hollywood version. Not to knock hollywood, they have less time than a book to cover all the details as well it is no easy task to portray human emotions without the words that books can use to describe them. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by what this movie had to offer. I laughed, I cried, I screamed.... it was a roller coaster of emotion. Reese Witherspoon is superb as the main attraction in this travelling circus. I won't say much more because I don't want to give up too much of the story. Robert Pattison shows he is more than a tween idol from his Twilight saga movies and also shows what a capable actor he had become. I highly recommend this movie for everyone. I must add as a side note, my husband loved this movie as much as I did. ( Usually he is more into the horror genre and would have written this movie off as a chick flick.) So ladies, this does appeal to men too. Get your hubby/ boyfriend to try it out....I bet they'll like it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As wonderful as the book April 3 2014
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If you read the novel and loved it, you'll love the movie, too. Both are well worth investing some time to enjoy.
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By J. L
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Chose 4 stars not five due to the misorder of the movie compared to the book It still followed the same general story line. It was a good movie, not a great movie. I would recommend it as a good Saturday night movie with a bowl of popcorn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the book Jan. 1 2014
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I read the novel first, which is not always a good idea. In my opinion, the novel is better than the movie, although I did enjoy the movie, enough to want to own a copy of the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story about elephants and humans Dec 9 2013
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terrific story about life in the 1930 - the heart-warming story of a wonderful elephant and its love of people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Water for Elephants Nov. 28 2013
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It was nice to see these two actors together; Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. The story was very interesting and I enjoyed it. The seller got the movie to me on time so that was good.
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