Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Water For Elephant

If the film was made in the 1980s, it would have been a far more successful venture than what it is today. The film has a old-world charm, which is not really the thing for the 'Twilight' generation, who could have been a potential views, for, the film stars, who else, the undead Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson..

I mean how many of us really care about circus, anyway; or a fairy tale of shorts against the backdrop of circus. The PETA guys would be really upset about the film. Spoiler: There is an elephant in the film who is treated badly. Good news: At the end, he has his revenge.

Ultimately however, Pattinson, and the nice-looking elephant cannot save the film.

First of all, Pattinson look too young, too immature to fall in love desperately, obsessively; and unfortunately, he does not have chemistry with Reese Witherspoon, who is solely a comic actress and a misfit in a dramatic role, that too as a sexy siren. No, she was wonderful as June Carter in Walk the Line, no arguments there.

And here, she has a wonderful chemistry with Christoph Waltz (remember his from Inglorious Basterds?), and Waltz virtually steals the film from everyone, if you don’t not count the elephant in the end... that’s the climax...

The time is Great American Depression of the 1930. There is a boy who's studying animal husbandry and in one cruel stroke of fate looses everything, his loving parents and their house, and in a stroke of fortune lands a job in a circus company; he studied in Cornell after all, and he's an animal's doctor. It's all very good till Pattinson wonders around bug-eyes among the circus of animals and people; till he falls in love, with the star of the show, and the owner's wife...

You try your best to care about them. But, you can do only that much...

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