Water for Elephants is based on a historical novel by Sara Gruen; it was a best seller & the movie has been directed by Francis Lawrence. The story is set in a period just before the Great Depression & it revolves around the character of a young man named Jacob. However, the story is narrated by a 93 year old Jacob who looks back on his life.
Academy award winner actress Reese Witherspoon will be the leading lady of Water for Elephants. Moreover, Robert Pattinson will be seen as Jacob & they are saying it’s a very different kind of role. He really cares about animals. Christoph Waltz is another academy award winner actor who will be playing a significant role.
A young veterinary student faces a tragic experience just before his final exam which is sudden death of his parents due to an accident. Distraught he wanders around until he finds employment in a traveling circus where it becomes his duty to tend to animals. Here he comes across all sorts of people. The head trainer, August abuses not just animals in his care, but also people around him. Jacob falls in love with his wife Marlena. Several workers also released animals & that caused the stampede in which another villainous character Uncle Al dies. This is bit of a desi touch. However Marlena & Jacob leave along with some circus animals. They get married & have 5 kids. Jacob also gets a job as a vet in some zoo.
It surely sounds like a good movie with a neat plot. Of course it’s a bit sentimental & desi. Since animals are there in the movie, I’m sure it can’t be that bad.
By the way, I read somewhere that Robert Pattinson doesn’t like to take bath for days & naturally he sounds like a very smelly guy. In fact, often on the set he asks people to make his hair look better, cause he hasn’t washed them for days. I really liked his cute face till I read this.
Water for Elephants will be released on 22nd April.