Water for Elephants: directed by Francis Lawrence; written by Richard LaGravenese
For a film about the grand old circus Francis Lawrence’s Water for Elephants is a rather cheerless experience. Jacob Jankowski heads to the circus one exam short of a degree at Cornell. It’s during the Depression and the newly impoverished Jacob is enticed by the thrill of the circus and so, like many before and after him, he gets on the road. What follows is an expected string of events that one would anticipate in any such film and that isn’t precisely the problem with Water for Elephants. The film is clearly one which depends on fulfilment of expected thrills but what does the film in for me is its curious lack of charm...
Addendum: Downgraded to C