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Water for Elephants (2011)

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66%Great

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  • Certificate: 12
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cinema release: 06/05/2011
  • DVD release: 05/09/2011

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Synopsis

Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this drama based on the historical novel by Sara Gruen, following the adventures of a young vet working in a travelling circus during America's Great Depression in the 1930s. After his parents are killed in a car accident, promising Ivy League student Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson) suffers an emotional breakdown and runs away before graduating, eventually finding work as a vet with the down-at-heel Benzini Brothers circus.
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Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this drama based on the historical novel by Sara Gruen, following the adventures of a young vet working in a travelling circus during America's Great Depression in the 1930s. After his parents are killed in a car accident, promising Ivy League student Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson) suffers an emotional breakdown and runs away before graduating, eventually finding work as a vet with the down-at-heel Benzini Brothers circus. There he meets a host of colourful characters including tyrannical animal trainer August (Christoph Waltz) and his beautiful wife Marlena (Witherspoon).
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Our review

"If you\'re an RPtaz fan you\'re sure to love this blend of brooding romance and beautiful animals. It looks fantastic, too. If you\'re cynical about OTT sentiment, however, steer clear."

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07-07-2011