‘Water for Elephants’ cites intrigue

McKenzie Sixt

Romance, magic, and sparkles bring the 1930s circus culture to theaters with “Water for Elephants,” a film based on the best-seller by Sara Gruen.

The allure of the circus enthralls newcomer Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) as does Merlina (Reese Witherspoon), the wife of the Benzini Brother’s Circus director August Rosenbluth. The film darkens and the cruelty of the circus emerges as the forbidden romance between Jacob and Merlina progresses.

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