'Water for Elephants': A Review for the Rest of Us

Sally Mercedes

Water for Elephants movie stillAfter much anticipation, Water for Elephants finally hits theaters this weekend. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this movie based on the bestselling novel by Sara Gruen about a young man who works in a circus and falls in love with the boss' wife. It all sounds very scandalous and romantic and it gives us a chance to see what Robert can do in a serious role.

So just how well did he, and everyone else, do? Let's look at the reviews for Water for Elephants to find out.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

This is good sound family entertainment, a safe PG-13 but not a dumb one, and it's a refreshing interlude before we hurtle into the summer blockbuster season.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:

Pattinson’s unguarded giggles and grins as he interacts with the elephant are a delight, and Witherspoon, taking on a period-appropriate physique, manages some affecting moments.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

Even nonreaders of the book can figure out what happens next. It's all in the telling. Gruen provided grit and pungent detail. The movie settles for gloss.

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:

Looking 300 per cent better than he did in his last non-”Twilight” outing, “Remember Me,” Pattinson is entirely convincing as Jacob [...]

Hooray for Robert! Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's be honest: most of you know if you're watching Water for Elephants. So you can stop reading now, get there early, and get a good seat. Enjoy!

That leaves the rest of us ...

The real hesitation isn't the movie but the movie-goers. There'll be a bit of a mixed crowd and both might be bad for us. Fans of the book will be there, ready to criticize any changes made to the story and possibly spoiling you before you even start munching on popcorn. Then there are the RPatz fans. And even though I know people don't generally scream in delight at the movie theater, this Jimmy Kimmel interview has me worried that my ears will be bleeding by the time credits roll.

Maybe I'll bring a set of earplugs just in case, but I'm definitely checking this out, if for no other reason than Christoph Waltz (the only good thing in Inglourious Basterds). After all, reviews aren't stellar, but they promise entertainment, so why not watch?

Which camp do you fall in: book fan, Robert fan, or newbie? Are you going to see Water for Elephants?


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