Water for Elephants (2011)

Water for Elephants (2011)

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

I should say that I don’t actually hate Robert Pattinson for being in the Twilight movies. He’s an actor, he’s just doing a job, and he’s gone way out of his way to tell this to everybody within hearing distance. I’m sure he’s just doing it so he can keep getting work, and I understand that. On the other hand, he is actually a really bad actor.

An old man tells a story about how he worked with a traveling circus in 1931, having (for some reason) dropped out of the Cornell veterinary program he just needed to take one test to finish. The circus gets a performing elephant, and he gets put in charge of it, and it becomes a major headlining act. Also, he falls in love with the elephant’s rider, who is also the wife of the owner/ringleader of the circus. This is bad, because the ringleader is a violent crazy person, and so you can pretty much imagine what happens.

It’s a pretty standard sort of love story thing which relies a lot on the time period and circus atmosphere to make it interesting. And it does make it a little interesting. Mostly what impressed me, though, was that they gave the bad guy actual character traits, and you really understood where he was coming from with his violent rages. Unfortunately, our two main characters are just intensely boring. Witherspoon because she doesn’t do anything, and Pattinson because he always seems like he doesn’t really know what’s going on or how to properly react to it.

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