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Animal magic steals the show.

Ifonly therewasmore screen chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Twilight's Robert Pattinson.

Then we might have had a classic romantic drama on our hands.

As it is, Witherspoon and Pattinson never seem truly comfortable as the couple thrown together when a circus troupe tours America during the Great Depression.

Indeed, they are upstaged by Christoph Waltz (theJewhunter from Inglourious Basterds) as a slightly psychotic circus boss and Rosie the elephant, who is a victim of his madness.

But despite the miscasting, Water For Elephants still manages to be an entertaining effort as we follow vet student Pattinson after tragedy sees him join a third-rate circust.

The youngster proves to have a gift for handing animals and becomes an invaluable recruit.

Until he falls for Witherspoon, the circus's star act and the boss's wife.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 8, 2011
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