(UK) History/Romance. Directed by Madonna. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle. Category IIB. 119 minutes. Opens Jul 12.
(USA) Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider. Category IIA.
Sorry Twi-hards, there’s absolutely no vampire in “Water for Elephants.” But good news for the rest of the population: the screen adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling historical novel, though unable to live up to its full potential, is an elegant and enjoyable romantic period piece with interesting circus life insights, and will easily appeal to (adult) female demographics.