Monday, 19 September 2011


Following the death of his parents, a young veterinarian student abandons his studies in search of the answers to life… answers he may well find when he joins a traveling circus to work as the animals’ carer. But as Jacob (Robert Pattinson… yes, don’t giggle, he’s started up his own Team Jacob) falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), tragedy looms larger than a bigtop as Marlena’s cruel and possessive husband August (Christophe Waltz) begins to suspect the blossoming romance between his wife and the circus vet.

Told in flashbacks and set largely during the Great Depression, this tale of love, life and loss (based on Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel) is just like a great circus act—spectacular-looking, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful. Breaking out of his Twilight mold, Pattinson does an exceptional job as the film’s hero; Witherspoon notches up another great romantic performance; and if you’re a movie producer looking for a good villain, you need to call Waltz’s agent… right now!

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