Water For Elephants 2011

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Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this drama based on the historical novel by Sara Gruen, following the adventures of a young vet working in a travelling circus during America's Great Depression in the 1930s.

Starring:
Ashley Palmer,Hal Holbrook
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Francis Lawrence
Starring Ashley Palmer, Hal Holbrook
Supporting actors Emerson Brooks, Mark Povinelli, Dan Lauria, James Frain, Robert Pattinson, Richard Brake, Tim Guinee, Scott Macdonald, Ken Foree, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Reese Witherspoon, Calvin Dean, Christoph Waltz
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By London Girl on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I watched this film in the cinema, being both a Robert Pattinson and Reece Witherspoon fan, and it didn't disappoint. I wasn't sure what to expect at all, the storyline wasn't something that particularly interested me (unlike Mr P!), but I was absolutely blown away!

The cinematography was fantastic, the acting by everyone was believable and memorable. As an animal lover, some parts are particularly hard to watch (my friend actually cried in places), but necessary for the film to work.

The ending for me was what made me cry. A beautiful film that should prove to all Robert Pattinson doubters, that he is worthy of an oscar! The chemistry between Rob and Reece was believable, and if you could give an oscar to an elephant, that elephant deserved one!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Boof VINE VOICE on 5 May 2011
Format: DVD
I read the book Water for Elephants about 4 years ago and loved it so when I found out about the film (which would be starring Robert Pattinson - double whammy!!) I couldn't wait to go and see it.

The film stays very faithful to the book, I was pleased to see. To summarise, this is an off-beat love story about a young man called Jacob who (having been suddenly orphaned at the age of 22 while at university and in the age of the depression in America) finds himself, quite unexpectidley, working for a circus where he earns a bed and food by working as the circus vet. Jacob finds himself falling in love with the enigmatic star of the show, Marlena, who happens to be married to the circus boss. Not able to do anything about it he must be content to admire her from afar.

When money becomes tight, Augustus (the boss) buys an elephant named Rosie whom he makes Jacob train, and here begins another love affair (between Jacob and Marlena and the elephant they begin to love).

The film is wonderfully atmospheric, and beautifully shot in places, with a very authentic 1930's feel. Pattinson and Wetherspoon both play their parts really well and Christoph Waltz (Augustus) is a wonderful baddie.

I really enjoyed this film but if you haven't read the book then do so - it's even better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sugaspicekiki on 25 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Wow what can I say that will justify just how brilliant this film is usually when i see a film, for the past couple of years when ive seen it once i dont really want 2 see it again unless its very good and needless to say i havent found that for a long time until I seen this.wow its dazzling i didnt want it to end as a previous reviewer said its like the glamorous and highly entertaining old hollywood films that you dont get now it has everything.theres a proper romance,an interesting story characters you really root for and one who you'll really dislike lol. as well as being a beautiful film,beautifully acted its also visually beautiful the circus the animals etc n the way its shot.Go and watch it now ou will love it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By yorkshirelass on 17 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
What an absolutely beautiful film. This film is amazing, and keeps you gripped from start to finish. What I like about it the most is the fact that it is such a unique story, I haven't come across another film like this before. It is definitely one of the best films I have seen in a long, long time. Definitely worth watching! I love it!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 May 2011
Format: DVD
I watched this film last night in the cinema and I thought it was a beautiful story and a very visually impressive watch. As an animal lover, some of the scenes are hard to stomach, but that makes the film all the better. The trailers and advertisements make it seems to be all romance and longing looks between the two leading actors, but that element of the film is (plesently) surprising small. There's some great scenes of circus performances. There's great scenes involving the animals. There's also many interesting relationships apart from the romantic one e.g. between Jacob and August. There is obviously a degree of romance and it's obvious from Jacob first sees Marlene that there will be a romantic involvement between them, but the setting and circumstances make the story interesting and not just another run of the mill 'love affair against the odds' tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had doubts as to how well the book could be filmed, but I loved the result. RP is great in the role of Jacob, his looks are perfect for the 1930s era, and his acting is fab. He expresses so much with his eyes, especially after he meets Marlena, played to perfection by Reese Witherspoon in Harloesque hair and makeup.

Christopher Waltz is good as August, but I believe Sean Penn would have owned the role better.

The circus scenes are just amazing, especially once Rosie the elephant arrives, she is adorable. Period detail, the cars, clothes, interiors etc are all magnificent, as is the colouring and cinematography throughout this movie. My only regret is that I didn't get to the cinema to see it on the big screen, it must have been great.

Highly recommended. Only 4 stars because I think it lost its way a little bit in the second half, the narrative seemed a bit disjointed, might have been the editing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 5 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
The heart warming tale opens with an old cagy Hal Holbrook wanting to see the circus. He is befriended by the current staff and tells them his story. As a young man during the depression, Robert Patterson hits the road due to tragedy and inadvertently joins the circus. He has veterinary skills and an eye for Reese Witherspoon who is married to circus boss Christopher Waltz. She is the bareback rider and is pictured on the DVD in the arms of Patterson. Not hard to figure out where this is going. From the beginning dialouge we know there will be a tragedy and Robert Patterson will survive and mature into an actor as fine as Hal Holbrook.

Heart throb Robert Patterson is a slightly better caliber actor in this one than what we have seen in "Twilight." The movie is more than a love story, it is also a PETA commercial for the abuse of circus animals in the name of the almighty dollar. Christopher Waltz plays an excellent jealous insecure "bad guy." Reese Witherspoon was not the perky blond we are used to seeing. She appears to be miscast in the role and doesn't look natural with the 30's hair style. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't bad, they just didn't write lines for her. 5 stars for those who enjoy an old fashion forbidden romance with an elephant.

No f-bombs. Violence to animals and women, quick love scene, brief 30's style French postcard type nudity, Robert Patterson's acting.
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