‘Water for Elephants’ Trailer #2 Focuses On Plot

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Water for Elephants movie trailer Water for Elephants Trailer #2 Focuses On Plot

There’s an old line about how everyone wanted to run away to the circus at some point in their childhood. As it turns out, Robert Pattinson actually gets to do that as an adult in this spring’s adaptation of the popular literary title, Water for Elephants.

A second U.S. trailer for the film has been released, and it focuses more on the love triangle at the heart of the story – but loses some of the charming atmosphere present in previous trailers by doing so.

Water for Elephants recounts the experiences of Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson) as a veterinary student living in Depression-era America. When his parents are killed in a car accident, leaving Jacob both penniless and heartbroken, he sets out on the road in search of paying work.

Jacob impulsively decides to hitch a ride on a passing freight train and finds himself in the company of the Benzini Brothers’ Most Spectacular Show On Earth, headed by the suave but cruel August Rosenbluth (Christoph Waltz). The ringmaster hires him on to serve as caretaker for the circus animals, but matters become complicated when Jacob falls for the show’s star performer and August’s wife, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon).

Check out the new Water for Elephants trailer (via Amazon) below:

Both the previous official Water for Elephants trailer and international preview revolved more around the romanticized imagery of the film and less on its coming-of-age storyline. Sarah Gruen’s original novel is largely praised for portraying the circus setting and its eccentric employees in a creative manner, and director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) appears to have captured that whimsical atmosphere on film to some degree as well.

Where Water for Elephants look to struggle is with its standard and predictable narrative, which may feel all too familiar. Pattinson could make for a relatively engaging lead here, along with Witherspoon as the object of his affection, but Waltz surprisingly seems like a potential problem. He needs to be convincing as a man who is both genuinely charismatic and sadistic, depending on the occasion – and so far Waltz looks to only have the second half of that act down.

Water for Elephants with Christoph Waltz Water for Elephants Trailer #2 Focuses On Plot

This film might end up being nothing more than a soapy melodrama at the end of the day, but it seems like there’s potential for it to be more memorable and touching than that. Perhaps it’s best to withhold judgement for now – what do you think?

Water for Elephants arrives in theaters next month on April 22nd.

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  1. i read the script and book, so while the trailer is great there is more there then what is being shown.

  2. Wow this actually looks pretty good, I want to see it now.:)

  3. I for one like melodrama and believe it is a dying artform. The great director Sidney Lumet has stated that melodrama done well should be performed. The trailer is a two minute snippet of the movie that will entice its audience in the theater or watching the trailer on Amazon or some other internet site who are interested in the circus, Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and of course elephants. I believe that Hal Holbrooks small snippets in the first trailer was heartbreaking and I can see him receiving an academy award nomination. In this trailer even though they show the more sadistic side of Christoph’s performance, as in his academy award winning performance in Inglorious Bastards, we will see a softer side as well. That is what makes Christoph so amazing, his ability to go from a gentle soul to a sadistic killer. I hope we see an exceptional film and it lives up to my expectations.

  4. I’m a huge fan of both Christoph Waltz and Francis Lawrence, this looks fantastic.

  5. I’ve been wanting to see this since I saw the trailer with true grit. These kinds of films are dying in the cgi, comic book, remake action filled hollywood.

  6. The “Official” Water for Elephant trailer is beautiful. I have never looked so forward to seeing a movie in my life. Now i know how those younger ones felt (my daughter) seeing Twilight for the first time…Robert, once again you have moved me to tears. You are a wonderful distraction in a very difficult life, and this trailer made me cry, for it has been yet another horrible day being a widow, though my children help, they still need now to be raise alone…This movie reminded me that i have a couple of beautiful hours to look forward to, taking me away from my reality into a magical place were i can be happy.

    What Robert has accomplished as a good actor and a lovely human being, is achieve making others happy. Like a song can move you, Robert has moved me. I think that is what actors & movies, musicians & songs try to succeed in doing. Robert has succeeded in something far more important than another movie role…Thank you Robert, I adore you…carolyn

  7. Are you kidding? Waltz will probably be the only highlight. Pattinson will be the let down. He just isn’t strong enough to carry a film on his shoulders, and with him in the main role, the film will suffer immensly.

  8. i just finished the book and wow it was beyond great i hope the movie stays true to the book and i also wonder who will play old jacob

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