Water for Elephants is a movie based on the best-selling book that came out in 2006. I found the book to be wonderfully written and fascinating. Although movies never tend to be as good as the books, I had high hopes for this one. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson (better known to many of you as Edward—ironically, his name in this movie is Jacob) star in this wonderful film.
Jacob Jankowski, played by Pattinson, is in school for veterinary medicine when his parents are killed in a car accident. After attending to their affairs, he flees his hometown and jumps on a train, which happens to belong to the Benzini Brothers. He joins the crew and becomes the circus vet. He falls in love with Marlena, the “show stopper” of the circus, played by Witherspoon. There is only one problem: her abusive husband, August.
The film is funny, fast paced, and deeply moving. Also a plus is that isn’t quite classified as a chick flick—ask my husband—so you might be able to talk your spouse into watching with you! The acting is superb, but don’t my word for it: rent it this
weekend and see for yourself!