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Staring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and more.

Water for Elephants (2011) tells the story of Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), a student studying to become a vet, and follows his journey working with a circus. Along the way, he meets Marlina (Reese Witherspoon) and her husband August (Christoph Waltz). Both Jacob and Marlina share their compassion for animals, especially for an elephant named Rosie. But August, stands in between their happiness as he hits and abuses Rosie.

Movie Talk

I really appreciated the depth of the characters in this film. By reading the synopsis, you may think this film is cheesy and/or predictable. I understand that worry. However, after watching the film and falling in love with the characters, I mostly disagree. The complex, realistic characters drew me into the story.

All of the characters are interesting in their own way, even the many performers in the circus. But one of my favorite characters is August. Although he is a visibly mean guy, there is so much more going on in his head. He can be mean to the animals, but he is not always a mean person. Some moments he is a sweet, understanding, and kind a person. But, then there is a switch that changes in his mind, and he becomes someone different. For this reason, I think he is a very realistic and complex character that many people can relate to. He made this story more interesting and was a good “villain” that is not completely evil, even if he seems that way at times.

That being said, all of the other characters are great and hold just as much depth. The acting is superb, specifically Pattinson who is one of the best actors, in my opinion. He becomes his roles and is incredible to watch on screen. Talent.

Highlights / What to think about:

Throughout this film, I caught myself smiling without realizing it. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because of the acting. Maybe it was because Jacob is such an incredible person who I would want to know in real life. I am not sure, but something about this film is magic. I think it is the combination of the writing/dialogue, the acting, and the world this story takes place in.

When you watch this film, think about the characters: how they interact with each other, what makes them so realistic, and which character you can relate to the most. I can relate to all of the characters in different ways.

Watch this film: 8/10

Overall, I am happy I watched this film. I love the world that the film creates and the meaningful story it tells. The story is 3D and not flat and ordinary. I learned that this movie is based on a book and I am intrigued to learn more.

I enjoyed this story’s ending and how the plot develops. Some parts of this film may seem cliche, but the majority of the film is terrific, heart-warming and beautiful. The pacing is also nice and so is the directing style. The movie is tied up in a bow and is perfect to watch on a relaxing weekend with family or friends. No superheroes, no distant galaxies. Just real people, wonderful stories and a sprinkle of emotion, specifically love.

Sentence Summary:

Jacob Jankowski has a kind heart and is thrusted into the life of the circus, only to find that it is much more unkind than he had originally thought.

Watch the film on Amazon, read about it on IMDb, or watch the trailer on YouTube.

Have a kind day. 🙂

Arianna xx

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