Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Water for Elephants

Monday evening I sat down to watch Water for Elephants, a period drama with strong romantic elements.

Wiki said it was a romance, but really it wasn't, fyi.

Anyway, I sat down to watch, not that excited to do it because I wanted to be writing. But I'd made a commitment on another social media platform to watch one movie a week and talk about it, so I sorta had to. Plus, I know it's good for me as a person to just relax and good for me as a writer to refill my creative well with other things and also to see how other people tell stories, whether they be told goodly or badly, and learn from them.


Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this movie! I was on tenterhooks throughout the film, sorta knowing what was coming at one point but not how or when. And when it came, I cheered out loud.

Based on the book of the same name, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, (which I haven't read) it is the story of a young man on the verge of life when tragedy strikes and sends him down a completely different path. For a while anyway.

He ends up on a circus train and we follow his journey for a few months, I think, as he becomes a part of this world.

The bulk of the story takes place in 1931, book-ended in modern day when an old man is left at a circus. The proprietor takes the old man in to try and call the nursing home he lives at, but they end up talking. The old man then shares his story of the events leading up to a particular incident of circus lore.

I think I'm going to read the book now.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

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