Against all odds, a veterinary student and a beautiful circus performer from a bygone era meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant. But their secret romance incurs the wrath of her dangerously volatile husband.
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With absolutely no desire to see this film upon release, with no knowledge of the book or even its story, I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful this was. The photography was great and the use of real animals was breath of fresh air - it almost made up for the wooden acting and lack of chemistry between the leads (Waltz wasn't in top form, but good nonetheless).
Lacking so much chemistry between the leads and the villains was poorly written. Even Christoph Waltz, who was brilliant in "Inglourious Basterds" came off as mostly bland. There's many implausible moments in this film. Then the pacing of the film seemed a bit static. Also the ending should have been more stronger and the film just dragged on for too long. Rosie, the elephant, was the only real star in this film.
Pretty good potential. It would have been far more interesting without so much love story, and without this goddamn voice-over. The interesting part of the story is the social situation. Too bad it wasn't there. Anyway, pleasant film.
good, not great, there was no chemistry between Witherspoon and Pattinson, but I found Pattinson's character very likeable and charismatic. the editing is wonderful, music was great and the cinematography was not bad at all. have I ever told you about how much I dislike Witherspoon? Yeah, she kind of ruined the film for me.
Surprisingly good; slick production (wonderful work from Jack Fisk, as always) and strong acting (except from Reese Witherspoon, sadly miscast as Marlena). And it's fun to live in a circus for a couple of hours, isn't it? Quite underrated as a piece of good old fashioned Hollywood entertainment. C+
Beautifully realized but emotionally hollow adaptation of Sara Gruen's wonderful best selling novel. It nails the Depression-era circus atmosphere, but shortchanges central romance. Likewise, Hal Holbrook's scenes feel like an afterthought, forsaking their emotional richness from the novel. The ending feels rushed and lacking the necessary gravity of the situation.
An emotionally wrought tale is brought to life by a endearing cast of Waltz,Holbrook,Witherspoon and Pattinson. This beautifully filmed epic drama
captures the nostalgia of Circus history and Depression angst. The romance is somewhat over shadowed by survival but a port in a storm is what fed the romance.