WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.
Water for Elephants is based on a popular novel. This one stars Robert Pattinson from Twilight, Reese Witherspoon, Christopher Waltz, and a cameo by Hal Holbrook. The story is that a young man who has great promise, his parents are killed on the day he’s supposed to take his final exam for veterinary school at Cornell, but he’s lost his house. And it’s during the Depression, so — you should also notice he’s Polish — so he jumps on a train and the circus ensues. It turns out he is on a train with roustabouts who go from town to town with the circus. And the circus owner is Christopher Waltz who won an Oscar for Dirty Rotten Bastards, and his beautiful wife, Reese Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for the Johnny Cash Ring of Fire biop by playing Roseanne Cash. So, these are two very talented performers. Robert Pattinson is certainly gorgeous; I’m not sure he’s an actor yet. But part of this is the script is so bad and the direction is so bad, that it’s really hard to tell what these people are doing because it basically makes everybody look bad. The story is a terrific story, but it’s badly written, badly acted. The only thing I really liked in it was Rosie, the elephant. So, two stars for Rosie because she’s so big.