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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Water For Elephants

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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)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Boof TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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27 of 29 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yorkshirelass on 17 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngelCake on 19 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
The story was what drew me to the film and, having missed it at the cinema, I was greatly looking forward to watching it. However, I found the characters, story and setting all curiously underwhelming. The love story angle of the film was generic. I could see the ending coming a mile off. Christopher Waltz was great in his role as the villain although he didn't have much to work with in terms of the script which was lacklustre. His final actions just seemed out of character and way too extreme compared to how he had been portrayed in the rest of the film. It felt as if the writers suddenly realised that they'd run out of time leaving the ending feeling slapdash and disappointing considering it was supposed to be the dramatic set piece of the film. The other actors were ok but nothing to write home about. There was a lack of any strong or memorable supporting characters, which, considering this was a film about the circus, was surprising.

At no one time did I feel any emotional connection to the characters and the execution of the story was a major let-down. The sense of spectacle and theatre was strangely lacking as was any attempt to convey the hardships of the time although they were mentioned in passing they weren't conveyed particularly strongly. Attempts to capture the romance of the circus, why the circus was so important to the average person or why the circus was so popular during this period just weren't explored to any meaningful extent. The one aspect which the film captured successful was the portrayal of the suffering of the circus animals showing their cramped living conditions, mistreatment and hunger, it truly must have been horrendous. Everything else just felt strangely flat.
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3 of 3 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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