Water for Elephants


Genres: Drama

Review: Water for Elephants

Transcript for Review: Water for Elephants

That’s Robert Pattinson in the new drama WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.  I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com.

And I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.  Let’s get started. Roger’s in his office with a review of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

In the new movie named "Water for Elephants," Robert Pattinson plays a young man who lost his parents during the Depression and ran away from college to join the circus. I’m Bill Kurtos for Roger Ebert.  He meets August, the owner of the circus, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.

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August is married to his star attraction, a bareback rider played by Reese Witherspoon. He introduces is new star attraction, an elephant.

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The kid studied to be a veterinarian, but knows nothing about elephants. August tells him not to worry.

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August is not a kind man. Almost inevitably, the two young people fall in love.

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"Water for Elephants," based on the best-selling novel, is a very appealing and  movie. In an age of special effects, violence and superheroes, it's refreshing to find a classic story told in a straightforward style. And Rosie the elephant turns out to be a crucial character. This is good family entertainment, and I give it thumbs up.