Water for Elephants

April 22nd, 2011

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Water for Elephants

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A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.0/10 (34,364 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

After his parents' death, Jacob Jankoski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with.

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Sara Gruen

Reese Witherspoon - Marlena
Robert Pattinson - Jacob
Christoph Waltz - August
Paul Schneider - Charlie
Jim Norton - Camel
Hal Holbrook - Old Jacob
Mark Povinelli - Kinko / Walter
Richard Brake - Grady
Stephen Taylor - Wade (as Stephen Monroe Taylor)
Ken Foree - Earl
Scott MacDonald - Blackie
James Frain - Rosie's Caretaker
Sam Anderson - Mr. Hyde
John Aylward - Mr. Erwin
Brad Greenquist - Mr. Robinson

Taglines: Life is the most spectacular show on earth.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [sp] |

Release Date: 22 April 2011

Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,842,353 (USA) (24 April 2011) (2817 Screens)

Gross: $58,700,247 (USA) (7 August 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Scarlett Johansson turned down the role of Marlena.

Continuity: When August hits Marlena, her diamond necklace disappears and reappears throughout the scene.

Jacob: Who's the woman who works with the horses?
Camel: That ain't no woman, that's the boss' wife and she don't talk to nobody and you don't talk to her.

User Review

A truly spectacular movie!

Rating: 10/10

OK, I'll try to tell you a bit of what I thought about "Water for Elephants", without spoiling anything. I have not read the novel (even though I plan to do it now) so I'm only offering my views on the movie.

First of all: It's amazingly beautiful. The costumes and sets are gorgeous, the cinematography is exquisite, the animals are cute (especially Rosie the elephant) and the three leads are very easy on the eyes as well.

Robert Pattinson was actually quite good. This was a surprise to me, since I didn't really think he was anything special in any of the Twilight movies or "Remember Me". He looked very appropriate for the time the movie was set in, and even though I love Emile Hirsch (who auditioned for Jacob too) I'm confident that Robert was the best choice there was for this role, it was perfect for him. Hal Holbrook was also very fitting for the role of older Jacob. The two actors really made me believe that they were the same person in different stages of his life.

Reese Witherspoon was okay. She looked beautiful, was charming and cute but it felt like something was missing - however, I can't think of any other actress I would have liked better in the role, so I came to the conclusion that it was probably the character Marlena that was a little bland, not Reese.

But the true star of this movie was Christoph Waltz. I may be a bit biased since I loved him in "Inglorious Basterds", but he was even more perfect in this movie. His portrayal of August was amazing, he made him likable and interesting and I was always compelled by his scenes. The character reminded me a lot of Miles in "King Kong" (played by Jack Black), a character that also wanted fame and success more than anything and used questionable and even cruel methods to get it. He was terrifying in some scenes too, but always believable. Also, in the beginning of the movie i really felt the chemistry between August and Marlena, which made the character even more interesting; however, I did feel like Jacob and Marlena had chemistry too, and in my opinion this way it was more realistic (both men loved her and she also cared about both of them).

I loved the movie, and I really recommend it to everyone. I would sincerely give it 10/10 stars. Of course there was some parts of the movie I didn't like (particularly towards the end of it), but overall it was a magical, spectacular and epic period movie, and I can't wait to see it again!

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