REVIEW: Irish news outlet says Water for Elephants “oozes class”

Great review from (Ireland):

Sweet but surprisingly understated, this book adaptation may be slow for a modern Hollywood production, but it oozes class. I Am Legend director Lawrence has moved as far away from the hyper-reality of that world as possible, and delivered a genuinely lovely film in the process. Fans of Pattinson will also be delighted to learn that the Twilight heartthrob carries his first big-budgeted foray outside of the fang-filled world admirably.

Pattinson is the son of Polish immigrants living in America who’s about to graduate from veterinary school in the middle of a depression. Just as he’s to sit his final exam, he’s given the tragic news that both of his parents have been killed in a car accident. After finding out that they remortgaged their house to pay for his college tuition, he has no option but to go on the road penniless to look for work. Soon after going on his way he comes across a travelling circus whose main act revolves around Reese Witherspoon’s horse wrangler/gymnast, and he manages to get a job with them and fall in love with her. Finding each other to be kindred spirits, an obstacle exists in the form of Waltz’s sadistic circus boss who is married to the object of our hero’s affection.

Water for Elephants is the kind of film that engages you without ever really moving out of third gear. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the breezy, almost whimsical tone works in its favour, aiding you during the introduction to its wonderful characters. There are some predictably gorgeous visuals, but they always feel organic in relation to the plot. The normally technically ostentatious Lawrence holds back on the CGI and uses his excellent eye for a shot purely to serve the story. This is easily his best film to date, and shows him to be a helmer of commendable range.

While Witherspoon and Waltz (excellent, if an obvious choice for another villain) share co-billing with Pattinson, this really is the young Brit’s film. His isn’t the type of part that calls for searing charisma or angst-ridden pondering; his character needed to be a genial presence on screen, and he’s always watchable, showing some genuine thespian chops during the film’s heavier moments. There seems to be trend with his non-Twilight role choices, and it’s obvious that the star is attempting to generate a career with longevity. On the basis of his work here, he should be successful on that count.

A really lovely film, that every member of your family should enjoy.

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6 Responses to REVIEW: Irish news outlet says Water for Elephants “oozes class”

  1. cattybitchy says:

    it’s nice to read,a pleasant review, robert is trying, and it will be nice to see what is fellow brits critic say and lets hope robert could be nominated for an orange rising star now, because rob is the biggest star [young] they have at this moment, he is loved globaly, i know this may not go down good with some, but tell me who else is globally loved, i mean a young britt??? even michael cane, spoke about rob!

  2. cattybitchy says:

    And you have to creep before you walk, so people give rob a chance, deep pitt even cruz, crept, okay yes and they are walking now also no comparison, they are all in their forties rob is 24-25

  3. danice says:

    Para ser tan juven y ser capaz de trabajar con dos actores Premios Oscar , y hacer muy buen trabajo, lo felicito, me encanta , es perseverante , muy trabajador,muy tranquilo, responsable, no se droga, no se alcoholiza, un ejemplo a seguir aha y no expone su vida privada. Me encanta lo amo y le deseo todo lo mejor en lo profesional y su vida privada

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  5. Linda says:

    It is nice to read a review where the creator actually saw the movie…Most of the ones I have read make me wonder. In a previous post, I stated that my friends and I saw it on Friday afternoon the day of release, there was close to a full house in the Imax theatre…There were all the appropriate responses through the movie…and in the end the movie watchers actually applauded…I would also like to add that the demographics they keep touting as “women” between “18-40″ are ridiculous, there were a good mix of men, women and young people of all ages when I went…and I would conclude that I doubt that was the only theatre where that happened….
    Hats off to the Irish critic who actually saw the movie and “got it.”

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Great review. I agree with the others, this critic actually saw the movie.
    BTW my husband commented that this was the best movie he had seen for a long time. I wasn’t surprised, I knew he would like it. Although he went just to “humor” me!

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