Francis Lawrence’s “Water for Elephants” – Movie review

Thanks to Fox we had the opportunity to Watch “Water for Elephants” before the Australian premiere of the film.  This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute truth in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film, there is no better critic than yourself!

Based on the best-selling book by Sara Gruen, Water for elephants, directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I am legend) tells the story of Jacob (Robert Pattinson), a veterinary student who lost everything after his parents were killed in a car accident.

Searching for a new life, Jacob gets into a train that will change his life forever. The train is nothing else than a traveling circus managed by temperamental August (interpreted by brilliant Oscar winner actor Christoph Waltz). To attract people to watch the circus, the performers do complicated and unique stunts such as the act of August’s beautiful wife Marlena (Oscar winner Reese Whiterspoon) and her horses which are the main attraction of the circus. This particular performance is the main reason that attracted Jacob to get on that train.

The film shows both the dark and the colorful life in the circus. August hire Jacob as the circus vet and buys “Rosie” the majestic elephant. It will be the new attraction which will become part of the main act. The training with Rosie and Marlena establishes a new status in the relation between August and the young vet to become friends and of course, the beginning of the forbidden love between Jacob and Marlena too.

One of the great things of the film is how it shows the love story in a non typical way which is exactly the opposite when you see the posters for the film. Moreover, the love story is not the main topic, because it is all about the circus’ life supported by a world-class actor like Christoph Waltz. The characters evolved in a way that keeps the story becoming more interesting that will make the audience be engrossed and feel that they are part of the crowd at the circus.

Another remarkable thing is the use of animals in the film. Though there were some Computer Graphics Imagery (CGI) on them, the scenes with the horses and Rossie the elephant were done in a realistic way thanks to the hard training of the actors for the film.

The drama is based in the 30s era but has remarkable photography,  gorgeous cinematography and production design with fantastic scenes of the circus and their acts, that brings you back to your childhood memories of  the magic of the circus. Moreover, the great performance of Christoph Waltz as the evil and sadistic circus manager and fragile Reese Whiterspoon as the object of both Pattinson and Waltz’ affections make this film a must watch love story. But be aware because the ending will blow you away and will welcome you to the most spectacular show on Earth!

Remember, our reviews don’t have the absolute truth. So if you like circus stories, want to see High class actors performing together or if you just want to see Robert Pattinson in a role different from Twilight, “Water for Elephants” is a must watch film and don’t forget to let us know what do you think of the movie.

In addition to this, don’t forget about the Australian premiere of the film this Friday May 6 at Sydney’s STATE THEATRE (Market Street) with Academy Award(r) winning actress Reese Witherspoon and  Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet alongside some local Australian celebrities.

Water for Elephants will hit Australian cinemas on May 12th 2011