Saturday, April 30, 2011

Water for Elephants Movie Review

~Warning this post contains spoilers~

I can’t believe it has been over a week since Water for Elephants came out and I haven’t written about it. Real Life has been busy! I did see it opening day here and again this past Thursday Night. I loved that at Thursday’s show there was a group from a nursing home there to see the movie. I hope all they enjoyed the movie.

I got all teary eyed at the beginning when Older Jacob, played by Hal Holbrook, picked up the picture of Marlena on top of Rosie and at the end when they showed clips of Jacob and Marlena’s life together. It was really hard to watch when August went into the train car and beat Rosie. They didn’t show the beating but you knew what was happening and heard it. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was how emotional I was after the movie. I really felt emotionally drained and like I could just go in my room and have a good cry. I still get teary eyed if I think about it.

I'm trying to be unbiased in my review because you know I love Rob! I thought Rob did an outstanding performance. I loved him as Jacob Jankowski. I felt like he owned the role. He is so handsome! *sigh* I was so proud of his performance. I have wanted him to succeed as an actor and I really hope people will see that he can really act! I love that you got to see him smile and laugh. I also love watching Rob with the animals. I  love the interviews when he is talking about Tai aka Rosie. He just lights up. You can tell he is a caring guy!

Christoph Waltz's performance was beyond amazing! He was perfect for his role.

I thought that Reese did a great job too!

If you read the book it filled in some holes/gaps in the movie. I did feel like there was something missing in the love story between Jacob and Marlena. If I had just seen the movie I would be like so they both care for the animals but is that enough to leave your husband and go after the Vet? There were also the side stories of the other characters that weren’t developed because there wasn’t time in a movie.

I do think it is worth paying full price to see in theater. It is a beautiful story!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with this post! I didn't see the movie until last weekend so I had to skip all of the movie review posts until now. I did think that they weren't able to show the entire story of Marlena and Jacob falling in love in the movie. It was like ok, they've hung out a few times but really, that's enough to leave your crazy husband? But then again, it IS Rob lol.

    I also got super teary during the beginning and cried at the end (also at the part where Rosie got beat...teared up so so much) Such a lovely story.

    Funny thing is that I've seen Tai the Elephant on 2 shows since watching WFE. Such a gorgeous animal. I want one!