The Chicago Tribune weighs in on Water for Elephants:
By Michael Phillips
Like “The Notebook,” but with an elephant, the unexpectedly good film version of “Water for Elephants” elevates pure corn to a completely satisfying realm of romantic melodrama. This adaptation of the Sara Gruen best-seller, set in a storybook edition of Depression-era 1931, stars Robert Pattinson of the “Twilight” franchise as Jacob, the earnest son of Polish immigrants, “a veterinary student from the wrong side of the tracks” as 20th Century Fox’s publicity describes him. A tragic off-screen accident renders him an orphan not long into the picture. Broke and distraught, the Cornell student hops a freight train one evening that turns out to carry a most unusual form of freight.
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