The movie stars Reese Witherspoon as the lead circus performer and Robert Pattison as the circus veterinarian and Christoph Waltz as the circus owner. It is about a traveling circus and set during the depression. As most business during the depression, a lot of circus companies go bankrupt. Their circus picks up whatever is left of these bankrupt circuses like talents and workers. But their circus company has its own financial problems until it acquired an elephant named Rosie.
The character played by Reese Witherspoon is married to the circus owner. The owner has psychological issues and mistreat the circus animals specially Rosie the elephant as well as the circus employers. He throws out of the train employees just so he won’t pay them. He doesn’t care if these employees survive being thrown out. The employees finally rebelled against the owner. They released the circus animals during a performance creating chaos and causing the company to go belly up.
The movie is shot beautifully. There are scenes that are so beautiful like a postcard and both Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison acted well. The story line is similar to the tragic opera Carmen. A middle-aged business owner marries a young beautiful woman in his employ. The young woman falls in love with a young guy and that’s when the problem starts. But unlike the opera, the husband gets killed instead of the young lovers.
If you are into romance movies, Water For Elephants is worth seeing.