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Water for Elephants [Blu-ray] [2011]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (58 out of 62)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary
    • Exclusive Robert Pattinson Spotlight
    • Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon
    • Secrets of the Big Top
    • The Traveling Show-Page to Screen

    Synopsis


    Water for Elephants
    A handsome veterinary student falls for a married circus performer in this romantic drama adapted from author Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). When Jacob (Robert Pattinson) meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), it's love at first sight -- their shared affections for an extraordinary elephant stirring profound feelings of compassion within both of them. Theirs is a love that could span lifetimes, though the wrath of Marlena's dangerously domineering husband, August (Christoph Waltz), threatens to spell tragedy for all involved. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Reese Witherspoon
      Reese Witherspoon - Marlena
    • Robert Pattinson
      Robert Pattinson - Jacob
    • Christoph Waltz
      Christoph Waltz - August
    • Paul Schneider
      Paul Schneider - Charlie
    • Jim Norton
      Jim Norton - Camel



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 62 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Film

      Posted
      Treydle
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      The story of a Depression-era orphan with an all but completed study from a prestigious university, this film centers around Jacob Jankowski. First seen as an elderly man (Hal Holbrook) Jankowski was studying to become a veterinarian when his parents died in debt after exhausting their savings to pay his tuition. With no home or money to complete his studies, Jankowski (as a younger man played by Robert Pattinson) simply abandons his home, studies, and life in search of employment. This search ended when he hopped a train utilized by the Benzini Bros. traveling circus. After a brief stint shoveling excrement, August Rosenbluth, the man in charge, hires him as Benzini Bros. own Cornell educated veterinarian. Rosenbluth is played by Christopher Waltz who soon proves to be just as evil as he was when he was playing an SS officer. His long-suffering wife is played by Reese Witherspoon who is the star of the big top with her equestrian act and with a similar elephant act. But when the act struggles to take shape in the beginning, Rosenbluth demonstrates the brutality lying beneath his charismatic show persona by viciously attacking the elephant. He later appears sickened by his actions, but Jacob is certain he’ll repeat them and determined to prevent that from happening. In developing the act, Marlena (Witherspoon) and Jacob become attracted to each other. While trying to keep their relationship a secret, they’re eventually found out. This and other tensions arising from the shows continuing financial struggles eventually boil over in the form of an employee insurrection, the result of which was alluded to in earlier scenes with the older Jankowski. Whether Titanic started it or simply solidified it, Leonardo DiCaprio became the dream of teenage girls everywhere thanks to the James Cameron opus. And, as a result of that and a genuine dislike for the story and the film, I have hated DiCaprio ever since. He’s made, for the most part, quality films ever since and I’m convinced he’s so not for his career but simply to annoy me. Others would argue he has no idea who I am, but I feel that’s immaterial. Pattinson, thanks to the Twilight series, finds himself in a similar position. With this and Remember Me he seems intent on making quality films to annoy me. Witherspoon and Waltz, while demonstrating great range with these roles, are more than adequate. The story is engrossing, the scenery spectacular, and the ending is satisfying (though I understand the book version was far more dramatic). All in all, I’d call this a superior film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Beautifully filmed movie

      Posted
      MovieFan28277

      The very best aspects of the film are cinematography, set decoration, and music. Pattinson is quite good, giving a sensitive, nuanced portrayal of Jacob. His interaction with the elephant is memorable. Witherspoon is good, while the physical performance of her role as Marlena is outstanding. Pattinson + Witherspoon = simmering, not bubbling, chemistry. Waltz is good as Auguste, playing his usual villian. Tai (Rosie) the elephant is wonderful. It is a beautiful period film, well written and directed. I liked the movie better than the book, which is unusual. I saw the film twice, and bought the Blu-Ray today.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good love story

      Posted
      PossumHall
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I read the book and was quite entranced with it. Any time a movie is made from a book I like or love, I want to see it. Occasionally I am disappointed, but not this time. The movie stays true to the story. Interesting plot, although somewhat predictable. For anyone who has ever attended a circus, this shows some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the trials and tribulations of both the manager trying to keep the circus afloat financially as well as the performers' grueling day-to-day activities.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is at the top of my list for GREAT Movies.

      Posted
      Jayne1954
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      Wow! I never read the book, but I will now. Great story with lots of twists. I had to watch it again right after it was finished. This is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and still discover something that you missed before. This is a must for any good movie collection. The DVD extras are a great addition. You will watch this year after year.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      Sunnyside123
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      Just excellent the movie was great Mr Pattison was just excellent he is so handsome and such a gentleman he has some manners that is hard to believe a young guy like him could be like that and the animals specially the elephant were good I would see these movie many times without a doubt .

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Romantic Drama

      Posted
      Des5
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      This movie was one of the best romantic dramas that I have seen in quite awhile. The cast did a great job. Even Robert Pattinson (with whom I am not usually overly enthused) did a great job with his portrayal. I have and will continue to recommend this movie to friends and family.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great drama movie

      Posted
      Irisbel
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      I can not believe what some critics have written about this wonderful film. Did they even see the same movie I did?? They probably had decided they were going to harshly review it before they even saw it. Completely unprofessional. This movie was great!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Water for elephants

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      2743633002
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      Water For Elephants is a great movie! I was apprehensive about Robert Pattinson being in it, but I was pleasantly mistaken! Reese Witherspoon does an excellent job, as always - I am completely impressed with Water For Elephants!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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