***** CAUTION: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!! *****
I loved this movie; however, I stand by my general dislike for the awkward present tense start (books or films) that falls away into massive backstory with voiceover. Yes, I’m sure there are exceptions … this wasn’t one of them. Even so, I highly recommend this movie.
Reese Witherspoon rocked as Marlena, the trapped wife. I’ve liked every movie I’ve seen with her (not that I’m claiming to have seen all). She was most excellent in Walk the Line and just as good here.
This is the first time I’ve seen Robert Pattinson (gasp!). Didn’t know him from Adam and thought he did a fine job as Jacob, the romantic lead. My daughter suffered from a problem identifying him with some popular vampire thingie, but I don’t know what that is, so no problem here. 🙂
And I adored Christopher Walz as August, the (mostly) evil husband/circus owner. I knew him from somewhere and stayed until his name rolled in the credits … then I was like, OMG, the Nazi! And my daughter shouted, “Inglorious Basterds!” Yep. He is just awesome. I see on IMDB that they first cast Sean Penn. I can’t even imagine. Walz was scary perfection as August.
Also, I see on IMDB that Sara Gruen wrote Water for Elephants as part of NaNoWriMo … wow! Pretty inspiring, I must say. November will be here before we know it. 🙂
I tried to Google if “red-lighting” is a real expression for throwing people off a train, or getting fired abruptly, but gave up.
From what I’ve read about circuses, there was nothing unusual about the way the Benzini animals were treated (fictionally) in the film, and this was always why I never went to circuses or took my kids to any. Not sure if things really have changed much. How do you motivate an elephant into performing stupid tricks?