It’s The Greatest Spectacular of All Time…
Today’s the day! The DVD & Blu-Ray are released today!
DId you pre-order your copy? No?! Well, then, what are you waiting for? You’re just a click away one of Rob’s best movies yet. So, go on & hook yourself up already!
Editorial Reviews from Amazon.com:
Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel comes to glossy life in this period romance. A sparkle-free Robert Pattinson plays Jacob Jankowski, who studies veterinary medicine during the Great Depression. After a family tragedy, he loses everything, including the chance to graduate from prestigious Cornell, so he hops a train, where he finds himself part of the struggling Benzini Brothers Circus. Ringleader August (Christoph Waltz, echoing his Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds performance) has doubts about the softhearted lad, but a fellow Pole smoothes the way, and Jacob becomes the company vet, which leads him to platinum-blond equestrian Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), August’s wife. The two make eyes at each other, but an affair would surely end badly, so they concentrate on their work. When Marlena’s prize steed falls ill, August purchases an elephant, hoping Rosie will turn their fortunes around, and enlists Jacob to train her. Unfortunately, she’s slow to respond to commands until Jankowski unlocks her secret–and after August has beaten the poor thing into submission. After that, things start to look up until Jacob steals a kiss from his dream girl. As in The Notebook, the film it most closely resembles, an elderly version of the central character (Hal Holbrook, touching) narrates in the present day (screenwriter Richard LaGravenese also adapted The Bridges of Madison County). He tells an interesting tale, so it’s too bad the leads strike so few sparks. For those who find big-top classics like Nightmare Alley too dark, however, Francis Lawrence’s feel-better variant may be just the ticket. –Kathleen C. Fennessy
ACADEMY AWARD® Winners Reese Witherspoon* and Christoph Waltz** join Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) for this epic tale of forbidden love based on Sara Gruen’s acclaimed best seller. Against all odds, a veterinary student (Pattinson) and a beautiful circus performer from a bygone era (Witherspoon), meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant. But their secret romance incurs the wrath of her dangerously volatile husband (Waltz).
People’s Choice Voters Pick Robert Pattinson’s Jacob as Their Fave Character in ‘Water for Elephants’! #WFE
I Wish I Could Have Voted for Them All!
They were all so great! What a tough decision, right? C’mon though… let’s be honest on where my one vote went and that would be with the winner! #Duh
Wow, 42%? Go, Robkowski!
From The People’s Choice Buzz Blog: So even though Rio won at the box office again this weekend, I’m betting yesterday’s Easter candy that any number of you broke down and saw Water For Elephants, right? You just couldn’t resist a bestselling book, a sweeping epic period piece, and at least three adorable creatures (1. Rosie the elephant, 2. Queenie the Jack Russell Terrier, and 3. Robert Pattinson).
What a funny interview! Definitely a must-watch!
I’ve translated the questions for you in English, here they are:
- How long do you need to get ready in the mornings?
- Do you sing in the shower?
- Do you have any regrets on something you might have said once to a reporter which then became a scandal?
- What was the worst?
- What was it like to work with Reese Witherspoon? What did you learn from it?
- Who would you like to work with in the future?
- Where there any funny moments on the set of Water for Elephants?
- How do you get away from the paparazzi and have a “normal” life?
- As a Brit, are you looking forward to Kate & William’s wedding?
- Did you get an invitation?
** If you use the translations, please credit this site! Thanks!
Of Course! Another *Great* Interview!
I loved hearing him talk about the animals, especially Tai (“Rosie”)! And the musical banter back & forth cracked me up! In my personal opinion, it seems like an enjoyable, relaxed interview and you can definitely tell @bdkreviews actually cared about what Rob had to say and about the movie when talking to him. That’s always great!
Looking forward to more interviews (especially with Rob! LOL) from you in the future, @bdkreviews!
Check it out, everybody!
I’m So Excited!
Seriously.. I cannot wait… I’m going to see this tonight & I’m radiating with excitement. Yes, I’m a goober, but an EXCITED goober! LOL
Life, as anyone will tell you, is a constant reminder that even the best laid plans don’t always work out. Take Jacob (Pattinson). One day he’s off to college, about to get his veterinary degree and make love to the woman of his dreams. The next, he runs away and joins the circus!
Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, “Water for Elephants” is easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Beautifully filmed the film follows the triangle of the aforementioned Jacob, a young man with everything in life heading his way, until his way is altered forever. Hopping a rail car, he soon finds himself in the employ of the Benzini Brother’s Circus, run with a firm hand by August (“Inglourious Basterds” Oscar-winner Waltz), whose wife, Marlena, is also the star attraction. When August attempts to bring in business by featuring an elephant, it is Jacob’s knowledge of animals that links he, August and Marlena in a triangle that gets more intense as each day goes by.
But the main attraction here is the performances of the three stars. Witherspoon has been very scarce on-screen since winning the Best Actress Oscar in 2005 for “Walk the Line.” In the six years before winning the award she appeared in no fewer than nine films. Since, she has appeared in half that number. Her work here is perfectly nuanced in a role that could have quite easily been cliché’d. Waltz is perfect as August in a role that shows us why that Oscar win was so well deserved. But the surprise here, for me anyway, is Pattinson. Quiet and brooding in the “Twilight” films he seems to jump off the screen here, matching Waltz and Witherspoon scene for scene. Who knew this kid could act?? Well done young man. Applause also to the great Hal Holbrook, whose performance bookends the film. And I would be remiss if I didn’t include praise for Rosie the elephant, Queenie the dog and the other animals that help tell the story.
Click here to read the full FIVE STAR review!