Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Night Date Night + Giveaway

On Fridays I wanted to do something a little different then what I normally do.  I decided that on Fridays I'm going to do movie reviews.  I'm hoping to review mostly movies adapted from books, but I'm sure other movies that were not based on books will pop up every now and then.  Hopefully some of these reviews will help you decide what to watch on your date night or a night of chillin with the girls.
I read Water for Elephants when it first came out.  I was enamored by the glamorous life of the circus.  The story captivated me and had me wishing there were still circuses around today that were like the one in this novel. 

When I heard they were going to be making a movie out of this novel I was intrigued.  I loved Reece Witherspoon and thought she would make a perfect Marlena.  After the first two Twilight movies I had my doubts about Robert Pattinson as an actor so I wasn't sure how he would do as Jacob.  It is a good thing that Jacob doesn't show much emotion in the novel and the movie, because I truly believe Robert Pattinson has one facial know the one...that awkward and painful looking expression.   

As for the movie itself, the costumes were gorgeous.  The circus acts were phenomenal and it seriously made me want to run away and join the circus.  Then I remembered we don't have circuses like that around anymore.  Or do we?  What types of acts still perform at circuses?  I haven't been to one in years.  

August was just as nasty as he was in the book.  He had me cringing at parts I knew were going to happen.  He seemed a little more conniving in the movie whereas in the book he seemed more deranged.  

The scenes with Rosie were breathtaking and heart breaking.  I knew Elephants were big but they look enormous when Reece Witherspoon is beside one.  Tai who played Rosie did an amazing job and I want to give major props to all the animal trainers involved in this movie.  I'm sure they worked long and hard and you could tell it really payed off.  The animals looks flawless in this movie and very well behaved.  If I was an actor I think I would have been scared to death to be around all these animals.  Yikes.    

Overall the movie was good, but I still don't think Robert Pattinson can act.  *gasps*

Wanna learn more about the movie?  Here is the trailer

Haven't read the book yet?  Here is your chance to win a gently read copy of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

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  1. That was an amazing review of both the book and movie. Clever idea as well! I'd definitely love to read more movie reviews. : )

  2. Great review! I haven't read the book, but I really want too. I just keep hearing and reading such great reviews for it. I agree that he cannot act, I have seen him in another movie (I have no idea what the name is, I forgot, see, it wasn't even memorable.) and his facial expressions were just like he had in Twilight. So sad, right? He should def. work on that. The movie sounds good, maybe even better if I read the book first. Thank you for this review.

  3. I tried reading the book, but I couldn't get into it, but my sister loved it. As for the film, I loved it!!! Rosie/Tai was truly a star. I was so happy when she stomped on August. LOL

  4. @ Book Love 101--thanks so much

    @ Nina--Thanks for the support about Rob...I was scared I'd have to duck thrown objects from some people was dissagree with me.

    @ Missie--I think this is a hit or miss book. I've heard a lot of people just couldn't get into it. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie though!

  5. Great review...And I think that Robert Patterson was... well...just But then I'm not a huge Twilight fan either!

    *runs and hides*

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  6. @ Melissa-I did enjoy the Twilight books but I was not a fan of the movies at all.

  7. I hope he eventually gets better at acting until I hear an extremely positive review on him, I'm probably not gonna watch his films.

    Except Harry Potter but that is because I have no choice. It's HARRY and Alan Rickman.


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