Water For Elephants Trailer: Like ‘Titanic,’ but with Robert and Reese

The trailer for Water for Elephants has stampeded its way onto the Internet, giving movie fans a beautifully shot look at the adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel and its beautiful stars, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

The first thing that occurs to us watching this trailer is that it’s a whole lot like Titanic.. except that the events unfold amid a traveling circus rather than upon a giant ocean liner. Depression-era setting? Check! Love triangle with beautiful woman, overbearing older lover and baby-faced younger suitor? Check! Climactic disaster providing the backdrop for the resolution of all things? Big-time check!

Water for Elephants is told in flashback by the 90-year-old version of Pattinson’s Jacob Janowski, who is taking stock of the experiences of his youthful travels with a Depression-era circus called The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Witherspoon plays the object of Jacob’s desire Marlena Rosenbluth, an angelic circus performer with a strange talent for captivating horses — and, as it turns out, men. The only thing standing in the way of these two crazy kids getting together is, well, Marlena’s husband August (Christoph Waltz), a violent animal trainer and one hell of an inglorious bastard.

As in Titanic, R.Patz and R.With’s characters go ahead and get together anyway, with explosive results. And just when you think you know where the story is going, along comes the epic, catastrophic finale to throw you for a loop. But don’t worry — it has nothing to do with an iceberg, an ocean liner, a gargantuan diamond or a girl named Rose.

Water for Elephants is directed by Francis Lawrence of I Am Legend fame and hits theaters April 15.


How Do You Know new TV Spot

The official Twitter of How Do You Know film has just posted another TV Spot and it´s so funny! Check out!

Even an All-Star Cast can’t save How Do You Know

Review in a Hurry: Writer-director-producer extraordinaire James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News) knows more about smart comedy than almost anyone on Earth. Lately, however, he seems to have wandered off (Spanglish).

In the horribly titled How Do You Know, Brooks is still wandering despite the great casting of Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and, for a few scenes, Jack Nicholson.

The Bigger Picture: Washington, D.C. dweller, George (Rudd) is in a downward spiral. He’s being indicted by the federal government for fraud. He’s got a sneaky suspicion that the real culprit is the owner of the company, who is also his father (Nicholson). And his girlfriend just dumped him.

Freaked out and confused, he meets the lovely Lisa, played by Witherspoon, who seems just as confused as him.

Lisa’s a professional softball overachiever and has been cut from the team. As an actress, Witherspoon’s best with roles like this—slowly losing control (Election) and surviving embarrassing situations in a hilarious fashion.

The 180—a Second Opinion: Fans of Reese will still delight; she’s just as good as ever, really shining in the role. And with the cinematography by Stephen Spielberg’s main cinematographer, Januz Kaminski, Reese and Washington, D.C. look gorgeous.


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Robert and Reese are magical

Whether you’re a Twihard with a life-sized Edward Cullen cut-out in your bedroom watching you sleep, or all things Twilight make you roll your eyes and stomp your feet, Water for Elephants will probably sway you over to Team Rob Pattinson pretty quick.

In the brand new trailer, Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon sparkle as Jacob (yeah, yeah, have a laugh) and Marlena, a vet and a performer traveling with the circus in the early 20th century. Their love story, told in flashbacks by Jacob at age 93 (Hal Holbrook), is complicated by her husband August (Christoph Waltz).

We’re already a little bit in love with the movie, just from the magical, cinematic feel of the trailer. The colors and the music are delightful, and we’re already looking forward to the performances.

Water for Elephants is set for release on April 15, 2011. Will you be in line at the theater on opening night?


Expectations for Water for Elephants

Everyone expected Francis Lawrence’s big screen version of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel Water For Elephants to be a summer blockbuster, probably because Lawrence is the helmer of big budget horror/actioners I Am Legend and Constantine – but Flashpoint Entertainment have released the trailer today and it’s much more a schmaltzy, period romantic drama.

It’s a massive change of pace for Lawrence and also a platform for lead Robert Pattinson to show us that he could have a career outside of those Twilight movies.

Here he stars as a veterinary student who joins the traveling circus as a vet when he gives up schooling after his parents are killed. There he falls in love with marquee performer Reese Witherspoon, the wife of Christoph Waltz – at once a charming circus ringmaster, but if you cross him he turns into Col. Hans Landa and you don’t want to be around him.

Of course you will recognise Nick Cave’s score from The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford which is temped for the trailer and it’s fitting because Lawrence utilises the same slow-mo techniques as Andrew Dominik did to heighten the haunting mystique of the period, and it works.

I’m expecting a lot from Waltz on this one, mainly because he gave up the Sigmund Freud role in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method to make this movie, and apart from the paycheck I want to see what drew him to it.

Water For Elephants is due April 15th in the U.S. and April 22nd in the U.K.


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