Alert
Close

Introducing AARP RealPad: The Wi-Fi Tablet That Makes It Easy to Share, Learn, Connect and Play. Learn more

Highlights

Open

2015 LIFE@50+ MIAMI

Miami skyline viewed through palm trees.

Enjoy fun in the sun during Life@50+, May 14-16, 2015

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

AARP TV

Watch episodes of AARP Live and other AARP broadcasts.

Most Popular

Viewed

Nothing has been viewed

Movie Review: Water for Elephants

Director Francis Lawrence captures the beauty and the ferocity of the three-ring circus in his latest film

Water for Elephants is primarily about the forbidden romance between Jacob and Marlena, and the dark implications of what will happen if they’re found out (August, who seems to lack the heart to fire people, instead has his thugs toss them off the speeding train in the middle of the night). But for the movie lover, the film is nothing less than full immersion into a universe steeped in both gritty reality and fuzzy nostalgia. Director Francis Lawrence does a masterful job of creating the world of the Benzini Brothers Circus. You can feel the muddy, animal-trampled ground beneath your feet, taste the awful food, smell the cages of the barely surviving lions. But Lawrence also lifts his eyes long enough to revel in the romance of the circus — the billowing big top, the gracefully swinging trapeze stars, the circus train by moonlight, chugging its way to the next city.

And in the end, there again is Holbrook, his eyes misty with age and memory. As his old Jacob talks about Marlena, and how he misses her, it’s difficult to separate his character’s words from how we, as fans, know Holbrook the man must still feel following the recent death of the love of his life, his wife Dixie Carter. The greatness of his performance is that Holbrook makes his character’s pain, and his treasure trove of fond memories, uniquely Jacob’s.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Around the
Community

Movies for Grownups

That new film might be hot at the box office—but does it live up to its hype? Gather movie opinions before you purchase your tickets. Discuss

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save up to 20% on live Cirque du Soleil shows with their AARP membership card.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $8 for Regal ePremiere tickets purchased online. Conditions apply.

Movies Unlimited

Members save 10% on purchases of DVDs & Blu-ray discs from Movies Unlimited.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.