Water for Elephants

Set in a Depression-era circus and featuring some decent performances, Water for Elephants is good enough to recommend—but nothing to get super-hyped about. If you like elephants, and you like Reese Witherspoon movies, have at it. If you’d rather be golfing than watching a Witherspoon movie, book your tee time now. This features a central Robert Pattinson performance that is endearing, if not all that amazing, and a Reese Witherspoon performance that, while not remarkable, is better than anything she has done in years. The film is further helped by a villainous performance from Christoph Waltz, now Hollywood’s go-to bad guy. This is moderately entertaining, with the film’s best asset being an ancient, scene-stealing elephant.

Credits

Director:

  • Francis Lawrence

Cast:

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Paul Schneider
  • Jim Norton
  • Hal Holbrook
  • Mark Povinelli
  • Richard Brake
  • Stephen Taylor
  • Ken Foree
  • Scott MacDonald
  • James Frain
  • Sam Anderson
  • John Aylward
  • Brad Greenquist
  • Tim Guinee
  • Donna Scott
  • E.E. Bell

Producers:

  • Gil Netter
  • Erwin Stoff
  • Andrew Tennenbaum
  • Kevin Halloran

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