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Robert Pattinson’s star power exceeds that of “Water for Elephants” co-stars

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: If the IMDB StarMeter is any indication, moviegoers headed out to see “Water for Elephants” have more interest in Robert Pattinson than his co-stars. The Twilight Saga actor is currently ranked at 34 on the StarMeter, compared to Reese Witherspoon’s 85 and Christoph Waltz’s 337.

When casting for the film was first announced, Pattinson was said by some as likely to be overshadowed by Academy Award-Winners Witherspoon and Waltz. Yet Pattinson’s current star power, combined with his role as protagonist Jacob Jankowski, indicates that the critically uncelebrated actor was, indeed, meant to carry the film.

Though reviews on the film as a whole have been poor, early reactions to Pattinson’s performance were mixed. Some included Pattinson in their blame for the film’s failure to meet expectations, citing lack of chemistry between he and Witherspoon, among other problems. Yet, Pattinson’s evangelical fan following left many moviegoers satisfied with Pattinson himself, if not 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 |

    There are some good reviews out there – about 50-50 if you look at Rotten Tomatoes. Some from top critics like Ebert. A lot praised Pattinson’s performance. As a fan of the book and now the movie I thought it was very good. Rob was excellent as we Christoph. I give it an A.

  • April 25, 2011 | Permalink |

    I loved the book and thought the movie was great also. Rob, Reese and Christoph were all excellent. As for chemistry between Jacob and Marlena – definitely!! Our viewing group, both male and female, ranged in age from 14-80 and everyone enjoyed the movie. I plan to see it again!

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