Over the weekend I was able to make my way to see "Water for Elephants". I have to say that I was very satisfied and happy that I saw this movie and it was nothing that I expected. Entering the theatre I had my doubts about this movie. I remember seeing "Water for Elephants" displayed at the bookstore, picking it up, and reading the back cover. I never judge books by the cover, but I do judge them based on the back cover. The synopsis gave me the impression that it was just a boring love story so I passed it up and bought another book. Even when it was on the New York Times Bestseller list I revisited the back cover and still was turned off. That was probably a mistake after seeing the movie.
"Water for Elephants" got off to a quick start immersing the audience into Great Depression life for a Polish immigrant Jacob (Robert Pattinson) who is studying to be a veterinarian. Life quickly has other plans for Jacob and he leaves his well planned life and becomes a stowaway what turns out to be the Benzini Brothers Train moving town to town for their circus. The story then takes off and has a little bit of everything which makes this movie a success. This story is just as much a love story as it is an account of circus life and life of circus members from the owner down to the manure shoveler. Water gave a unique view on an aspect of Americana that was in its glory in an era gone by the wayside. I really was drawn in to the intricacies of circus life and what one needed to do in order to survive. Seeing the movie only makes me wish I would have read the book. The circus life was very intriguing and this is what defined the movie for me. The only problem that I saw in the movie was you could tell that it was adapted from a book leaving me wondering how much better the book was than the movie. There were scenes that went a bit too fast and themes that I wanted to see more of. Obviously, the book would have done the scened and themes more justice than a movie can. I give "Water for Elephants" 4/5 stars.