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05/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A forbidden love story!

Jacob, (Twilight hottie Robert Pattinson not Taylor Lautner) a finishing student at Cornell University is studying to become a veterinarian but after learning of his parents’ untimely death in a car accident Jacob finds out they had mortgaged the homestead to pay for his college. In an instant, Jacob has lost everything, his home, his parents, and his career. He jumps a circus freight train as a stowaway but eventually becomes the vet when the ringmaster realizes there is the need.

The star attraction, a big white horse has developed a nasty sore on its hoof. Jacob realizes the horse is in severe pain and must be put down but the tyrannical ring master August (Christophe Waltz who is really getting some meaty “bad-guy” roles and is absolutely brilliant throughout the movie) won't hear ...

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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Clean and Pleasant Watch

After the car accident his parents met just before he finished his Veterinary studies, Jacob finds himself caring and teaching animals for a circus company. And there he finds a woman who brings him both amazement and struggles of the show.


Okay. Before watching, I wasn't expecting that much from this film. But it turned out that it exceeded on my expectation. Clean plot, clean execution, clean acting especially from Witherspoon and Waltz, except the smiles from that vampire turned vet guy. I don't get the point of his smiles, I understand his character but his smiles in particular kept me wondering WHY LIKE THAT? Ooops. Sorry! maybe I just don't appreciate much of the acting of Robert Pattinson. Okay. Going to my real concern, I didn't see the necessity of doing it in a flash...

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02/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Water for Elephants

Devastated by the sudden death of his parents at the height of the Great Depression, a young dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks, Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson), abandons his veterinary studies at Cornell University and -- of all things -- joins the circus. Hired as a veterinarian to care for the animals of The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, Jacob works his way into the hearts and minds of the troupe. But when he falls in love with the star attraction, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), who just happens to be the wife of the circus's owner -- the violent and abusive August (Christoph Waltz) -- Jacob makes a fatal decision that changes his life and the lives of everyone around him. Ah, finally, an old-fashioned Hollywood movie for a year that has seen nothing but raun...

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07/20/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Water for Elephants

The films so called love story revolve around Mr. Twilight who is ironically named Jacob (Robert Pattinson), and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). Reese has been one of my favorite actresses. I know she picks good roles, but I really hated her here. Seducing another man though he isn't happy with his current husband. Yes in those days I guess there was no divorce or annulment, but still show some respect. Another thing was the cruelty to animals. Yes it’s just a movie, Jacob has the heart and skill to heal/train them, and still, it was a bit disturbing. The plot was not spectacular; the characters in my opinion are not that likeable. Good thing I didn’t see this in a theater. I could have screamed because of some scenes. To each his own.

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04/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


this movie was definitely better than I was expecting, not that that says a lot.
If you, like myself, are a little geeky about circuses the setting of a depression era big top might be enough to enthrall you.
My one real complaint was the violence to the elephant. Now I realize this happened a lot in circuses, but I love elephants, so to me violence to an elephant is worse than any other kind of violence.
Also through out the film they refer to the female Elephant as a bull, now it is my understanding that only the males are bulls, a female would be a cow elephant. (correct me if I'm wrong)
I won't lie I did get wrapped up in this movie, but it played the abused elephant card. :-(
This film is a bland middle of the road chick flick. Not awesome, but not horrible either. I would re...

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