February 15, 2013

Reel brief / Water For Elephants

The tawdry grandeur and cruel magic of a dying circus in depression-era America is the lost-world setting for this romantic and suspenseful tale starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christopher Waltz. The Great Depression was a massive re-boot. Many things, many people, made it. Others didn’t. Old Hollywood meets modern candor and style in this sunset-touched and engaging movie. Hal Holbrook does a nice "Rose Dawson" turn as the ancient, and lone surviving, reminiscer. (2011)