“Water for Elephants” A Drink for the Ladies

Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Release Date: April 22nd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for Moments of intense violence and sexual content.
Distributors: Fox 2000


Director: Francis Lawrence

JJ Rating: B

See it again: Nope.
Own it: Nope.
Recommend it to: those that read it, however one that has didn’t like it, but they were online and a writer so everyone knows how nitpicky those types are. Not to mention pretentious…
Worth seeing it in NYC: Hell no, so not worth it.


Good
Acting, especially by Christoph Watlz
The Elephant

Bad
Girly feel.
Title.

Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson -- haha his name is Jacob) loses his parents and ends up with nothing. He doesn’t have anywhere to go. He jumps a train, ends up with a circus family and a pretty Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), who isn’t up for grabs. She’s August’s, the boss, (Christoph Waltz) wife. Jacob still had eyes her. He wants to protect her and the elephant from the wrath of the boss. Water for Elephants.

Water for Elephants makes me want to say Like Water for Chocolate. I hate that movie. Mush to the mushy. I think the title Water for Elephants is weak, actually. Play off tequila sunrise and say Whisky Elephant or Whisky Elephantrise…something that actually dealt with some of the things going on. I know it’s adapted from a book, but I’m sure the book doesn’t deal with watering the elephant endlessly. It’s a weird title.

The storyline was decent. I watched with interested and despised Christoph Waltz. He’s a fantastic actor who gives his all. He’s a great villain. Pattinson did a good job. He’s more than Edward. Witherspoon innocent and pleasant in her acting.

I really liked the elephant. I want one as a pet after seeing Water for Elephants. Had there not been an elephant in this film and it was just about the love…it wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. It’s the same old tale for the same old crowd: women. The elephant is certainly the draw more so than anyone else in the film.

That is all I have. I’m too excited for Thor to save this for later.

I write like: Rudyard Kipling

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