‘Water for Elephants’ Script Review

Last week, ScriptShadow posted a really great review of the Water for Elephants script. Keep in mind, if you haven’t read the book or the script yet this will be chock full of spoilers so avoid if you’re trying to keep your WFE virginity.

As a 22 year old in the 30s, Jacob had everything a young man could possibly desire. His two loving parents were veterinarians and he’d just graduated from an Ivy-League school. Despite it being the Depression, he had the pick of any job he pleased. And then, in an unexpected tragedy, his parents died in a car accident. The confused Jacob’s world comes crashing down on him. Unsure what to do or where to go, he runs. He doesn’t care where. As long as it’s away. Figuring he’ll hitch a train ride to somewhere far away from here, Jacob leaps into a random boxcar, prepared for a long journey. But he quickly realizes this isn’t just any train. This is The Benzini Bros. Traveling Circus.

Rob as Jacob...TEAM JACOB?!

Rob as Jacob...TEAM JACOB?!

Read an excerpt from the review after the jump…

This script rocked me. I mean it was just so good. I haven’t read characters this rich or alive since The Brigands of Rattleborge. We feel Jacob’s pain and desperation after losing his parents. We feel Marlena’s perception of her worthlessness. We feel the pure evil inside of August. And yet each of these characters has an additional, almost opposite, layer that provides a depth we don’t usually see in screenplays. Jacob’s purity is undermined by his attempts to lure a taken woman. Marlena loves August just as much as she hates him. And August plays the victim just as aggressively as he plays the dictator. These characters are so wonderfully crafted, they should be used in a screenwriting course.

This bodes well for the film and makes me very very very excited to see this piece brought to life!

To read the rest of this in-depth script review visit ScriptShadow.

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  • Dee

    I read the book and script after hearing who was cast as the main characters. I love Rob, Reese, and Christoph and think they are perfect for their parts. These characters are so deep and the setting will be fabulous. I can’t wait for this movie.

  • Dorym

    I read the book, it was a little verbose. I simply cannot imagine that dippy Reese Witherspoon in the leading role. A more ethereal, non-comedic actress would be so much better.
    Also, I hope that they do not begin the movie with the first chapter of the book which gives away the entire plot immediately.

  • http://17foreverlisa.blogspot.com 17foreverlisa

    I’ve been on vacation and just found out you now have this site, too. Holy hell how do you find the time? So glad you do, though!!

    I have some catching up to do :)

    Lisa

  • http://twitter.com/samrosey samrosey

    After reading this post it makes me want to read the book so much more.. *runs out to find it* :D

  • Melissa Ricks

    I guess I missed this…. Why does the script leave out Uncle Al?

    • http://tinkrbe1l3.wordpress.com tinkrbe1l3

      often times, screen adaptations will combine characters or have to eliminate them completely. there just isn’t enough time in a movie to do and show everything a book does. a movie on average is 2 hours and it takes people on average 8 hours to read a book the length of WFE.

  • TeamBella4TW

    can someone please email me the script becuase i try to go to all these download pages for it and nothing ever happens?? ive never a been a tech whiz or anything for that matter im amazed i know how to work my itunes so just email it to smg226@rcn.com :)

  • KTMG09

    can someone email me the script too, cos i cant find it anyway either, just finished the book and love it, now want to read script
    natashamcgee1@hotmail.com cheers

  • Louise

    I read the book a couple of weeks ago and totally fell in love with it. I’m so excited for the movie. If anyone does have a copy of the script I really would appreciate it being sent to my email too at louiseclark79@hotmail.co.uk as I can’t seem to access it myself – I’m not very technical! Thanks

  • erika sturgess

    wow it sounds good and rob is like my favourite actor and i love to watch him in movies like this. ill be going to the movies to see this one.

  • Chloe

    Hey!! Loved the book so much, can someone e-mail me the script! I can’t find it anywhere . ivory_melodies@hotmail.com

    Thanks xx

  • Bruna Laise

    Eu amo Rob…Queroo muito assistir esse filme!!!

  • Kendall

    I loved this novel and cannot wait for the film. They could not have picked actors better suited for these roles – Its a truly brilliant choice.
    I’d love to read the script, could someone email it to me? Thank you in advance!
    kendall7891@yahoo.com

  • Lisa

    Just saw Water for Elephants tonight. What a great movie! I read the book a while back. I was fascinated with the story. The only drawback to the book was that it was filled with many very explicit scenes, which I didn’t like. After reading the book, I tossed it in the garbage. When I heard that they were making a movie from the book, I fully expected an R rating. I was surprised by the PG-13 rating and decided to go to the movie. Although there are some explicit scenes, they cleaned it up a lot. I enjoyed it so much better than the book! And contrary to what the critics are saying, I thought the acting was great! I highly recommend this movie!

  • Aubrey

    BEST MOVIE EVERRRRRR!