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Water For Elephants is a movie about a young man that joins a traveling circus during the Great Depression.

EDWARD IS JACOB?

I personally have never had a high opinion of the circus. It’s stinky, corny, and overpriced. However, if I had known there was a sparkling, shiny vampire in the wings, I might have been a bit more intrigued! Okay, I’m sorry, I keep making references to Edward, er.. I mean Robert Pattinson, but I just can’t help it. My only gripe about this movie is that Edward was Jacob, and to a Twilight fan, that just doesn’t seem right! If you’re not a Twilight fan, just skip this paragraph because the humor and irony will be wasted on you. And how cool would it be to see a werewolf at a circus!? Eh, eh??

Water For Elephants

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content.
  • Released: 2011
  • Genre: Drama
  • My Opinion: The Most Spectacular Show On Earth! (Well, one of them…)

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

While taking his final exam to become a veterinarian, Jacob Jankowski is called from the room and informed that his parents were killed in a car accident. It is 1931, during the Great Depression, and the bank takes everything they left behind. With no home and no family, distraught and alone, Jacob wanders off and eventually jumps a train. As fate would have it, he jumped on the train belonging to the Benzini Brothers Circus, and Jacob is hired on to care for the animals. He becomes friends with an array of strange characters, and falls in love with a beautiful girl that performs with horses. Marlena, unfortunately, is married to the ring master, a cruel and abusive man. As Jacob learns more about circus life and Marlena’s psychotic husband, he is pulled into a world or bizarre events, but that’s normal for the circus, right? (Oh, and I guess I should mention the elephant, Rosie, who plays a big part in the story as well.)

CIN’S REVIEW

Absolutely wonderful! I just finished reading Water For Elephants yesterday, and was very pleased with how true the movie stayed to the book. But with book knowledge or not, this movie is a crowd-pleaser. The unusual setting of a train and a traveling circus made for an intense and sensual atmosphere. I was happy that many of the true stories and anecdotes used in the book found their way into the film as well. Beautiful costumes, unique content, and passionate characters blended beautifully for a film that was much better than the real life circus.

WHERE TO FIND WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

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Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, about a girl that joins a carnival to train and perform with diving horses.