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Life is The Most Spectacular Show On Earth
Water for Elephants (DVD)
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Water for Elephants (DVD)
Advantages: Beautiful scenery, great plot and captivating to watch
Disadvantages: Slight lack of chemistry between two main characters
After a particularly bad day recently I came home to find my partner ready and prepared with dinner, wine and a dvd. The dvd was Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson and I had been desperate to watch it since it was released here! My partner got some major brownie points for remembering my enthusiasm at the trailor and renting it for me!
I have to say that I do watch most films that both Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson are in. In fact Sweet Home Alabama and the Twilight series both factor on my top ten favourites list so that goes to show how excited I was to watch something that featured two of my favourite actors.
Water for Elephants is set in the depression of the 1930's in America. At the beginning of the film we are introduced to Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson) who is a young man from a modest home who is on the brink of completing his college years and qualifying as a vet. On the day he sits his final exams he is called from the examination to be told his parents have both been killed in a car crash. Things get worse for the young man when he realises that his parents re-mortgaged their house in order to pay for his college tuition. Within days the young man has gone from having the entire world at his feet to being homeless, penniless and totally alone. He sets off on foot to nowhere without realising that the walk he is making is the walk of his life.
He quickly finds himself walking on a train line when a train approaches. In an instant he drops his only bag and runs to jump on. Acheiving this he is greeted by a group of men happy enough to throw him back out but as it turns out he is saved by a kind old man. Turns out the train is one of the famous travelling circuses of America. And so begins the story of Jacob Jankowski, the boy who truly ran away and joined the circus.
The plot follows Jacob as he uses his mind to his advantages and secures his right to stay with the circus by prooving his value as a vet for the animals. Along the way he meets the owner of the circus whose name is August and is extremely volatile and violent. Jacob then meet his beautiful wife Marlena (Witherspoon) who's act with beautiful black and white stallions is the star of the show. However August's possesive nature should warn Jacob away from Marlena but in true romantic style his intrest can not be quelled.
The plot continues for 120 minutes and is a real journey of discovery for both the audience and the characters. The caption of the film is 'Life is the most spectaculor show on earth' and the film is excellent in portraying the magic that love brings in a setting surrounded by illusions, and it's ability to show it's true beauty compared to things that are purposely supposed to give this very illusion.
The film is one of the best in it's genre I have seen. Directed by Francis Lawrence it made over $20 million dollars in profit and I can see why. It's magic and appeal is beautiful and the story is soft and although it's not fast paced this works well with the train in which almost all of the film is set, as it also moves slowly across the country. You will watch this film and fall in love with it. You wont find one particular moment that makes you go 'wow' but indeed the overall appeal of this film is it's magical and simple beauty and the story is sweet natured and heartwarming.
I'm not usually a fan of these sorts of films as I expect them to have the sort of ending that makes me bawl my eyes out but this film captivated me. The animals used in the film including Rosie the elephant really stole my heart and opened my mind to a type of film I've not seen and loved as much as this. Pattinson delivered an absolutely stunning and truly believable performance as Jacob and Witherspoon was good although I must say not her best performance still exceptional by anyone's standards.
My only critism is the lack of sexual chemistry between the two. I've seen them interviewed and they seem to get on very well in a very brother and sister like relationship. This could perhaps be why their didn't seem to be any real chemistry between the two. When a film this captivating is trying to show a great love story I need to be able to believe it and I believed that Jacob was deeply besottd with Marlena but not vice versa which made me question the characters emotion before deciding it was actually Witherspoon's lack of chemistry towards the relationship. However it's not totally unbelievable it's just not 'up there' with some of the most absorbing love stories based on the characters relationships. It is still easily believable, perhaps I'm just too sinacle!
Over it gets a great five stars from me. This film stole my heart and is one I will remember for a long time. In fact I would happily watch it again and thats always the sign of a great film for me! If you haven't seen it then I recommend you do and if you want some major brownie points then invest in a copy for your wife/girlfriend this Christmas, she will love you for it!
Summary: Worth every 120 minutes of viewing time