Heard about this one for.ev.er. Not sure why I never got around to it in the theater, but you know what? It happens. Even to the best (movie go-ers) of us. Heard lots about how great the book was. Heard lots about how great the movie was. Let’s move that on up to #1 in the Netflix queue and get this show on the road. Ha. Get it? Its a traveling circus? Ok, never mind….
I was a little hesitant about the main caracter being RP of Twilight fame. I mean honestly even though I am a fan of the Twilight series, I don’t necessarily think Robby P is the best actor out there. He did a decent job though. Once the movie got going, he was believable in this role as opposed to pasty white, sparkly -in-the-sun vampire that I am used to.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see Christoph Waltz. I loved him in Inglorious Basterds and think he is a top notch actor. He was a bad guy in that one and a bad guy in this one so I think I would like to see him in a nice guy role next just to see if he can pull it off.
This movie is beautiful. The cinematography is breathtaking and the story based on a struggling circus in the glory days of the circus was interesting and unique. I am a sucker for animals so the fact that animals were a main character in this movie was a big plus for me.
Warning! If you ARE a sucker for animals like me, this may not be easy to watch in a few places. I’m tearing up now just thinking about it and I had a full on ugly cry session during the movie that I’m pretty sure freaked Paul out a bit. I just cant stand animals suffering. It reaches down inside of me and pulls some of my heart out. So while the scene is brief and we all know that no animals actually got hurt during the movie, it is still tough to watch if you are a big ‘ol animal softie like me.
I definitely recommend this movie. It is well acted, beautiful to watch and makes you want to go see the circus and eat peanuts.
And just since I can’t help it…..
HA! Makes me LOL every time.
Overall Rating: Large Popcorn, Large Drink
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