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Water for Elephants

2011 film by Francis Lawrence

Water for Elephants

Released 22 April 2011 (12 years, 2 months ago)

Director Francis Lawrence
Duration 120 minutes
Genre drama film, romance film, film adaptation, historical period drama and historical film
Composer James Newton Howard
Production company 20th Century Fox, RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Media
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese

About Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants, the 2011 film adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, is a visually stunning and emotionally charged tale of love, loss, and the circus. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz, the film tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary student who joins a traveling circus during the Great Depression and falls in love with the beautiful and enigmatic Marlena, a performer who is married to the cruel and abusive circus owner, August.

With its lush cinematography, evocative score, and strong performances from its cast, Water for Elephants is a captivating and poignant film that explores themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the human-animal bond. Pattinson delivers a nuanced and heartfelt performance as Jacob, while Witherspoon brings depth and complexity to the role of Marlena. Waltz, meanwhile, is chillingly effective as August, the charismatic but dangerous ringmaster who will stop at nothing to protect his circus and his wife.

Despite some criticisms of the film's pacing and narrative structure, Water for Elephants remains a powerful and affecting work that captures the magic and mystery of the circus world. As Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote in his review of the film, "Water for Elephants is a movie that will make you believe in the power of storytelling and the resilience of the human spirit."

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