This movie deserves more than the two-star rating given by the Toronto Star.
Based upon Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, the movie captures the highs and lows of the circus world during the Depression era.
Robert Pattinson plays the part of Jacob, an orphaned veterinary student, who falls for Marilena, a beautiful circus performer played by Reese Witherspoon. Christoph Waltz plays circus ringleader, August, the jealous and sadistic husband of Marilena. And Tai plays the part of Rosie, a stubborn 53-year old elephant who has a drinking problem and responds only to Polish commands.
Having read the book, I knew that some of the scenes would be violent. It was still shocking to watch as August abused the animals and his workers. Note: The film's animal cruelty is fake.
Watch the trailer.