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Monday, October 24, 2011

Book to Film: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen



Witness The Epic Tale of Forbidden Love Starring
Academy Award® Winner Reese Witherspoon and
Robert Pattinson On Blu-ray and DVD November 1

Summary: Take a journey back in time with the romantic tale based on Sara Gruen’s New York Times #1 Best-Seller novel of the same name, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Starring Academy Award®-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Robert Pattinson (Twilight series) and Oscar®-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), the film presents an epic tale of forbidden love in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger. Showcasing the decadence of a bohemian circus and the majesty of its animals against the backdrop and beauty of a bygone era, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS makes the ideal holiday gift idea for your favorite film buff, fashionista or book-lover!

Devastated by the sudden death of his parents at the height of The Depression, a young dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks, Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), abandons his veterinary studies at Cornell University. With no other family, no house, and no money, Jacob stows away on a train carrying the circus performers of The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.  Hired as a veterinarian to care for the troupe’s animals, Jacob is temporarily filled with the promise of an exciting life that comes with a traveling circus troupe. However, as he builds a rapport and falls in love with the star of the show, Marlena (Witherspoon), they become prey to the circus’s owner, Marlena’s violent and abusive husband August (Waltz). As the circus begins to crumble from within and against all odds, Jacob and Marlena come together and fall in love through their compassion for a special elephant. With their love on the line, Jacob and Marlena come to a crossroads that will forever change their destiny.

Directed by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Francis Lawrence (Constantine), WATER FOR ELEPHANTS features fantastic supporting performances from Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl), Jim Norton (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Mark Povinelli (The Polar Express), Richard Brake (Batman Begins), and Academy Award®-nominee Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild).

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. Pre-book is September 21st.

 I was asked to review the DVD in comparison to the book. I was provided a neat little study guide. Here, take a look!

Okay, and here are my answers!

  • What I liked about the 1930's portrayed wasn't the style or the fashion, although that did catch my attention. What I liked more was seeing what the Prohibition was like for those in the circus. I love history and I loved to see this affect the characters (although it is not the main focus of the book or movie).
  • I liked Jacob's point of view. I'm not sure if this would have been as moving if it had been from Marlene, since she wasn't an outsider like Jacob was.
  • I was able to watch this with a few girlfriends, but being the only one to have read the book, I'm not sure that I would classify the book as a romance in my prospective. There wasn't a lot of interaction between Marlene and Jacob that we got to see. We got the ideas behind it, but most of the romance seemed to take place off pages and we just heard tidbits from Jacob later. I liked how the movie drew out the romance of it and we got to see a bit more.
  • I got to be honest. I know nothing of what it takes to get a circus going. Especially in 1930. We don't get the full picture, I think, but we do get an idea of what it takes to and how many people it takes to get a circus set up and torn down.
  • I liked the music. I'm not so sure about the fancy clothing (I am not fashion wise, unfortunately). I think it adds to the movie since we can't really hear or picture that stuff in the book.
  • You know, I'm going to say I liked the novel August better. While the August in the movie was still the bad guy, the novel August had a different effect. He was described as a paranoid schizophrenic in the book, but I think he was very manic at the very least. I don't think that came through in the movie. In the movie, August always seemed to be calculating and watching, without the on and off we get from the book August.
  • I'm not going to lie. Quotes are the worst for me. Even though I had watched the movie and read the book the weekend before, I wasn't able to pick out which one was from the book or movie!

Street Date: November 1, 2011
Pre-book Date: September 21, 2011
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish,
French 2.0 Surround DD
Subtitles: English, Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG-13
Total Run Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes


Jules said...

I haven't read or watched the film but I really want to do both!

I love that they gave you a set of questions to try and get some points across and great answers!

With a few exceptions I almost always love the books more than any film adaptations.

Great post!! :D

Aimee said...

Thanks Jules! If you want a chance for both, I'm hosting a giveaway tomorrow for the book/dvd combo!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I like that they had nifty questions for you to answer.

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