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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Water for Elephants: A Review

For those of you who have read the book by the same name, you may be in for a little disappointment; but then again, aren’t we all when it comes to book-turned-movie scenarios? Even when you look at it as a movie that wasn’t an adaptation, it still disappoints.

A lot of it had to do with the chemistry between Reese Witherspoon, playing Marlena, and Robert Pattinson, playing Jacob; because there was none. Pattinson for instance performed with his usually broody eyebrows and that ever present teenage angst seen in every one of his films. It actually got to the point where I felt like asking in the middle of the theater, “Why Reese? Why? “ The entire movie it felt like someone was actually attempting to push them together the chemistry was so off.

As the movie takes place during the Great Depression, the cinematography beautifully captured all the magic the circus held during such hard times. Scenes that took place outside of the big top, gave a glimpse into what was the Dirty 30’s, yet once you entered under the big top, all the joy and wonder which was the circus at the time could be felt. It was an opportunity to forget all your troubles. These were the scenes I enjoyed most.

Overall the movie felt mediocre and trying to be more dramatic than what it actually was. Let’s face it, when the chemistry between your leading man and lady is lacking the story suffers.

2 out 5 stars.


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