Water for Elephants
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
Release Date: April 15, 2011
TRAILER SCORE: 6/10
MY THOUGHTS: Okay, lemme get this outta the way first. Um… what?
Okay, glad I got that out of my system because I gotta say, after watching this trailer, I don’t have much of an idea of what I’m in for. I mean, sure, I get that Robert Pattinson thinks that Reese Witherspoon is hot, but is that really what I’m shelling 11 bucks out to watch? Because if I really found Reese Witherspoon that attractive (or appealing at all) I’m pretty sure my time would be better spent using Google Images.
In its defense, there’s the makings of a story buried somewhere in here. When movie trailers are constantly giving too much away, it’s nice to see a little subtlety, but you gotta give me something to work with here. Still, on a strictly visual level, Water for Elephants looks delightfully understated, witha similar feel to Tim Burton’s Big Fish. By the end of the trailer though, I couldn’t help but feel that my time might be better spent re-watching Big Fish. Water for Elephants might have more to offer than Reese Witherspoon worship and some charming set pieces, but this trailer doesn’t do much to showcase it.