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Water For Elephants 2011

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.

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Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson
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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Francis Lawrence
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson
Supporting actors Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Stephen Monroe Taylor, Ken Foree, Scott MacDonald, James Frain, Sam Anderson, John Aylward, Brad Greenquist, Tim Guinee, Donna W. Scott, E.E. Bell, Kyle Jordan, Aleksandra Kaniak
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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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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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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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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I have recently read Water for Elephants and it is one of my favourite reads of the year. I loved it for the detail and the way everything was described. You could almost imagine being there.

Anyway, my other half bought me the film to watch so I thought I would compare the two. I watched the film after reading the book, as I always do.

I'm left a little disappointed. I loved all the circus scenes and thought the story built really well. I wasn't sure about Robert Pattison, as I'm not his biggest fan, but both he and Reese Witherspoon do a fabulous job as the main characters. For me, Walter and August were not how I imagined at all. The friendship between Walter and Jacob was so cleverly done in the book and just rushed in the film.

In fact, I felt everything was a little rushed, especially the ending. When the animals were released from their cages it was clear they weren't real. My other half watched it with me (he hasn't read the book) and said 'it was all leading up to something that just never really happened.'

I think if you haven't read the book, you will really enjoy this film for what it is. If you've read the book, you will notice all the things they have left out and changed, and feel disappointed.
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Now here's a bit of a nugget on BLU RAY and a beautifully filmed one too.

I liked everything about "Water For Elephants" - an unusual and yet believable romance between a lowly stable boy (Robert Pattison) and an Elephant Dame (Reese Witherspoon) overseen by a maniacal and jealous Circus boss (Christaph Waltz).

It's also such sumptuous viewing. There's hardly a scene where you don't think - I want this on 'DVD'. No - you have to see it on BLU RAY - the colours, the textures and feel of the stables and the marquees and the travelling life on the train exploding off the screen all the time. People wanting to escape their bondage from class, from oppressors...

You should also note that the 'US' 20th Century Fox BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).
Go for the 'UK' variant instead. It's also part of Amazon's value for money '2 BLU RAYS for £10' deal. Pair it with "The Help" or "Frida" or "Anonymous" or "The Way Back" - and you've a varied night's viewing ahead of you...
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