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Robert Pattinson, cinematography outperform “Water for Elephants”

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: “Water for Elephants” as a whole clearly missed the mark—but not all aspects of the film are coming under fire. While some critiques of the film’s shortcomings have been scathing, both the cinematography and Robert Pattinson’s performances have been praised.

The thumbs up for Pattinson is led by moviegoers from the Twilight fandom, who enjoyed seeing Pattinson in a different kind of role. Pattinson’s character, the gentle, capable, and companionable Jacob Jankowski is dissimilar to Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga), Tyler Hawkins (Remember Me), and Art (How to Be), who are each at best socially awkward and, in some cases, downright misanthropic. Though “Water for Elephants” is as full of angst as Pattinson’s other films, the angst plays differently for Pattinson’s character. Whereas his earlier characters struggled with being driven by fear and insecurity, Jankowski is driven by confidence and hope.

As for the other win, most critics agreed that what the screenplay lacked, the cinematography smoothed over. Said Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe, ““The camera, costumes, and art direction do everything right. Too much so. The movie strips away both the grand weirdness of the circus and the dire desolation of the Depression.” Echoed Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal, “Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography gives the whole production an evocative beauty that it never earns dramatically.” Many other critics cited bad chemistry among the actors–if not casting overall–as the major failures of the film.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • April 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    it seems to me that critics always are going to have something negative to say towards Robert’s films, maybe because he is young or maybe because his fandom came from him playing a sexy vampire. I truly loved watching Water for Elephants and the movie was fairly true to the book.. But. maybe I am basis cause I am a true Robert Pattinson fan all the way, I think the movie deserves an Oscar nomination.

  • April 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    The people have spoken and they liked it. So did I, absolut loved it….can not stomach another Cartoon…….

  • July 22, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m really get tired of hearing negative things about Rob. Critics are hard on him because of Twilight. However, not all his fans are teenagers!!! I’m definitely not! I know many others over 25 that are fans!!! He isn’t a teenager. He’s 25!!! He is an adult with an adult fan base!!!! I loved him in Remember Me! He did great in Water For Elephants! I think they did a wonderful job following the book. It was nice to see a movie set during the Great Depression. I was impressed with the wardrobe & how they captured the period the story is set in.I know he will be great in Bel Ami & Cosmopolis! I’m really hoping Bel Ami is released in the Us nationwide, so that i can see it in theaters. He is talented, not only acting wise, but musically. He has a lot of potential. The problem is all of these “critics” that are put off Twilight, do not look past that at his acting. I also like the fact that he has stayed grounded & not changed who he is as a person. He has really grown as an actor. I’m very proud of him for making the role choices he has. I love the Twilight stories, but really enjoy watching him take on new roles with different types of characters. I’m looking forward to seeing Kristen and her role choices also.

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