Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Movie Review

Some time ago our book club read "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen.  It's just been released as a movie starring Reese Witherspoon so tonight our group headed out to see it at cheap Tuesday movie night.  It was a great evening!!

When Jacob, a veterinary school student, is orphaned during the Depression, he jumps on a passing train and ends up with the circus.  He is given odd jobs, eventually ending up in charge of Rosie, a newly acquired elephant.  Right from the beginning, he is attracted to Marlena, the beautiful horse trainer and wife of the circus owner.  As time goes on, cruelty to animals and cruelty to people by the owner take their toll on everyone.  The close knit family of performers and workers look out for Jacob along the way.  

This movie is an excellent depiction of the book and was a wonderful watch.  There were some 'jump-out-of-your-seat" moments and Jacob's rapport with Rosie, especially when he discovers she understands Polish(what a surprise this was!), is amazing.  The depiction of a traveling circus from the 1930's, scenes of the train meandering along to the next town, and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena all add to the appeal of the movie.  Definitely a must-see, especially if you've read the book!


  1. I am right in the middle of that book! So far I love it! Rosie came into the story last night and Jacob is just starting to connect with her. Looking forward to finding out what happens next! :)

  2. Oh, I'm so glad you went to see it! I just finished the book, and was nervous about going to see the movie, in case it was disappointing - now I'll definitely go :)

  3. The book is on my wish list and the movie looks so good! Thanks for your review, Crystal!