‘Water For Elephants’ Releases A First Movie Trailer

Circus act

Since last June we got to see photos from the SoCal set of the new film Water for Elephants … including train scenes, horse scenes, elephant scenes and dog scenes. Today, we get our first look at the first movie trailer for the film:


To be honest, I’m still not convinced that this movie is for me. I know I’ve voiced concerns about the film before but so many Pink readers have encouraged me to see the film (or at least read the book it it based on) that I became convinced that I might like the film. I dunno … this trailer doesn’t really wow me, to be honest. Check it out in full after the jump, and judge for yourselves …


So Elephants book fans, does this trailer look like it does the novel justice? For those of you unfamiliar with the book (like me), does this look like a movie that you’d like to see?

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  1. Kristen

    Read the book!!!! It was GREAT! Can’t wait to see the movie!

  2. nicole

    now i had to watch this with the sound off…but it looks like it stayed with the book. ill end up seeing it. i loved the book.

  3. Gevidge

    The trailer looks great! I loved the book – can’t wait to see the movie. It’s really a great story.

  4. Loved the book, movie looks fantastic. I love me some Reese Witherspoon too. Now uh, could someone PLEASE put her back together with Jake Gyllenhaal? Please? I’m sorry but everything is reminding me how much I hate him with Taylor Swift these days. :( It’s like constant torture.

  5. Chris

    This movie looks like it has potential. I haven’t read the book but I’m thinking of picking it up. It definitely looks different than anything else out right now. Not sure if I missed it or not but when is the release date?

  6. jill

    the book is for hopeless romantics. its a light and easy read, but its still amazing, and so easy to get lost in. you should read the book before you see the film.

  7. Nikki

    Holy cow, Reese looks STUNNING… I don’t think she’s ever looked better!!! *paging Jake Gyllenhall…*

    I loved the book and will deffo see the movie!!

  8. Kate

    Just based on the trailer, I’d say throw in Mr. Tibbs, and it looks like a grown up “Toby Tyler,” which is not necessarily a bad thing.

  9. Andrea

    Trent,

    I would absolutely recommend reading the book if you do not in fact see the movie. Although, how can you resist a movie with Christopher Walz? With that cast, you know the screenplay must be very good!

    I’ll admit, when I first heard the book was about the circus, I was not at all interested. However, the book is very engaging and well written. I am almost finish with the author’s newest novel, and it is equaling engaging. “Water for Elephants” is a must read!

  10. CHASE

    I haven’t read the book but it’s definitely on my list. This movie looks pretty good…or at least it has the potential to be good. I would see it and may I say that Robert Pattinson looks amazing with a tan!

  11. Z

    Actually, seeing all the production pics on this site is what made me want to pick up the book! ;) And I really enjoyed it. The film (based on the trailer) seems to have a slightly different feel than the book but that’s typical. I’d still like to see it. :)

  12. ashley

    The book is SO GOOD. I think they focus a lot on the ~triangle~ aspects, as I would have expected them too, but there’s a lot of other great stuff in the book with the circus and the animals. But I do absolutely love the trailer and I can’t wait to see the finished film!

  13. Stephanie

    The book was great, and the movie looks like it may do it some justice… Hopefully. Can’t wait to see it!

  14. R

    Still bummed they didn’t film on location in Ithaca for the Cornell scenes. Would have made an interesting summer.

  15. Ama

    This trailer does look rather interesting and I may go and see it. However I know that I will definitely not be going to see it on opening night or even for awhile after, the reason being that I want to read reviews on the movie before I go and see it. I still have yet to read the book, I don’t know why, I’m just kind of hesitant to read it, but this story has really caught my interest.

    Reese looks beautiful in this movie, the one thing I really like about Reese(acting wise) is that she has talent for acting and can really pull the audience into the story line and really fall for her character. I haven’t seen one movie where I disliked her acting in it, so I may just go see the movie out of curiosity.

  16. Ashley

    Eh. No desire to read it or see it. But does anyone else think the trailer feels like a circusfied Titanic?

  17. Sharon

    Trent, you MUST read the book. It is amazing!! Water for Elephants is my favorite book and I really really hope the movie does it justice!
    Can’t wait!

  18. cindy

    The book is dark and depressing, indicitive of the era it’s set in. I did read all of it but have not recommended it to anyone. The movie appears to be a fanciful, romantic interpretation with moments of CONFLICT ROMANCE . I don’t think the movie can follow the tone of the book and have people want to see it. I can send you my copy of the book if you’d like.

  19. Luv Ya

    I enjoyed the book, found it a light read. Next time you’re traveling pick it up for the journey.

    The best thing about this film is it’s not like anything else going on now.And Reese does look good in the far shots…the lights are definitely harsh on her in some of the close ups. But I think she may have found a role that suits her. Rob P, however? I’m not seeing it. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  20. Sarah

    The book was such a fast read and really swept me up into the story. I read half of it in the book store and bought it to take home with me. The book switches its chapters with some of them being told by the main character now, in his old age, and then flashbacks of his circus days. It looks like the movie does the same thing which I’m excited about! I don’t know how I feel about Robert Pattinson starring in it, that’s just not who I pictured while reading the book. If you haven’t read it yet, please do!

  21. Liz

    hmmmm. Suspicious that in the trailer there’s lots of shots of Pattinson looking brooding, but he only says one line. I really want to see an amazing performance from him, but having seen about 6 or 7 films with him in them, and all of the performances being kinda lame, I wonder if this is the one he knocks out the park or………not? Is he going to be the face that never delivers, or will he blossom like Brad Pitt did? Hope so. But currently, still holding my breath……

  22. Lisa L

    Everyone here just convinced me to read the book… Will go buy it once I find a coupon at Borders

  23. Lauren

    @Ashley that was EXACTLY what I thought – Titanic at the circus!!

  24. Luv Ya

    Lisa L. go online and buy it used. Or get it at the library. It’s not something that begs to be reread.

  25. Michelle

    Read the Book Trent- it’s such a fast paced read, I just read it this summer. I’m not into the circus at all but this story was amazing and the cast of actors they have playing the characters in the book are right on!!

  26. Audrey

    No clue what the book’s about, but I loved that the trailer didn’t give away the movie (at least in my eyes)
    All of the comments have me wanting to read the book, though, so I may have to pick that up! :P

  27. Danna

    Trent – you MUST read the book. I yelped a little when I heard there is a movie coming out. I am so EXCITED.

  28. Kat

    I reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy loved the book!! i hope the movie delivers, unlike other book-based films (twilight, Percy Jackson, exc.). i think it’s going for more of the romance aspect of the story than the realistic view. when i heard of a movie,i had to tell everyone that i had told to read the book, that they have to see the movie. but im not sure i want to see the movie, it might kill my love for the book.

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