Saturday, April 23, 2011

Go See: "Water For Elephants"

I think I'm still on my "high" of seeing this highly emotional film, "Water For Elephants", which was based on a #1 NY Times best-selling book, written by Sara Gruen. This is yet one in a million times that I had wished I had discovered the book before the film was made. Mental note to self: Read "The Help" written by Kathryn Stockett before seeing the movie which comes out this fall starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis.

I went into this film thinking it was going to be a charming, romantic film between the two main characters, Jacob (Edward Pattinson) and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) but there was so much more to this story - drama, touch of comedy and yes, romance (more like a love triangle). There is also a bit of animal cruelty (assimilated, of course) so if you are an animal lover, you will have a hard time stomaching some of the scenes. And, there's always a bad guy in every romance story so who better to play than "Inglorious Basterds's" Christoph Waltz. Mr. Watlz is amazing at playing a bad guy and well, let me just say that karma comes back around for his character in this film.

I won't give anything away but at the beginning of the film, it does start out with an old Hollywood icon, Hal Holbrook reminiscing about his early days, regailing his tale to a young fellow circus guy. It reminded me of "Titanic" where you hope the narrating character doesn't keel over before she finishes her epic tale of forbidden love.

Spoiler alert! (Ok, so I lied!) I will tell you this - there is one female lead in this film and she steals the show, even right out from under Reese's feet. I will say that she is 42 years old, is about 8'8" and weighs 9,000 pounds. No, I'm not talking about a cast-off from "The Biggest Loser" but I will tell you that her name is - Tai. You can read more about her here.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, step right up and feast your eyes on this amazing trailer!