Water for Elephants

Full of promise but an ultimately disappointing film
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz
Directed by Francis Lawrence

The marriage of circus and cinema took place in the very early days, fittingly enough as film, the new form of entertainment, sought to capitalize on one of the oldest ones. Some of the first memorable movies about the big top are Chaplin’s “The Circus” in 1928 and Tod Browning’s unforgettable “Freaks” in 1932. From then on, the list of circus movies is unending, about pathetic carnival sideshows ... more >