We don't have to ask you guys what you thought of the trailer, hopefully you fell in love with it just like we did. But in the interest of keeping things somewhat unbiased.. (right), here is a bit of what movie bloggers had to say:
MTV went all out with their coverage, talking about the gorgeous costumes and highlighting their favorite smoldering shots of Rob. They also asked us to choose whether we prefer Edward or Jacob, and that's a decision we are not ready to make.
Best Week Ever went the silly way per usual, highlighting the similarities between Water for Elephants and another epic love story:
It is SO Titanic meets Dumbo! We’ve got “the most famous circus disaster of all time” and we’ve got elephants. We’ve also got:
Robert Pattinson in the role of Leonardo DiCaprio
Reese Witherspoon as Kate Winslet
Christoph Waltz as Billy Zane
Old Pattinson (Hal Holbrook) as Old Winslet (Gloria Stuart)
and Paul Schneider as Bill Paxton
On the more serious side, The Washington Post liked the trailer, and is already mentioning the O word:
if the clip is any indication, the movie will at least look gorgeous.
Featuring grand, hazy-with-nostalgia visuals and shots of Reese Witherspoon looking every inch the old movie star, it's a feast for the eyes. Of course, a number of people will think said feast is really all about Robert Pattinson, who definitely comes across (appropriately) as less broody and Edward Cullen-ish here.
Me? I was more focused on an enraged Christoph Waltz and the wonderful Hal Holbrook. Oh, and the elephant, who is clearly on track to win an Oscar in early 2012.
The trailer also got a thumbs up from Entertainment Weekly:
The Wall Street Journal has obviously not read the book:
The finest compliment you can give a trailer for an adaptation is that it makes you want to read the book. This one does it for me.
Pattinson plays opposite circus performer Reese Witherspoon, a casting decision that isn’t in the Oscar-winning actress’s favor, judging by the trailer. Pattinson is so baby-faced that he makes the still young and fetching Witherspoon look like she’s robbing the cradle.
While the LA Times is holding judgment, but seemed to appreciate the mood of the clip:
Neither of the romantic leads says much of anything in the trailer. Instead, it's filled with hazy, glowing shots of life in the circus: Jacob peeking in to catch a glimpse of Marlena in the center of the ring, delicately laying her svelte body across a horse; the two together, gently stroking one of animals.
We like the langorous, moody tone, though it's nearly impossible to judge from the trailer if Pattinson has any acting skills beyond that longing gaze thing. It's also mildly difficult to believe the 34-year-old Witherspoon could truly be wooed by a young man a decade her junior, but that's a conceit we think we'd be able to get over.
Cinematical wished we could have seen more of the leads in the film:
It's a full trailer showing more than a teaser ever would, yet the only actor to get much of a chance to shine in the scenes captured is the great Hal Holbrook, who plays the older version of Pattinson's character (though his name isn't cited beyond the quick and tiny credit screen at the end). For the rest, we see Waltz get angry, Witherspoon seem whistful and Pattinson stiff-faced. (Pattinson gets a lot of flack for his lack of facial expressions, something pretty surprising for a bright and upbeat person in real life. Someone give him a comedy, stat!)Screen Rant gave the trailer and Rob, a vote of confidence:
If Pattinson’s involvement makes all you Twilight haters want to head for the doors, I highly recommend you at least check out the first trailer for Water for Elephants. Yes, Pattinson may not be the world’s greatest actor, but he’s not the worst either.
Besides, when you flank him alongside two Academy Award winners (Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz), you kind of expect him to up his game.
But the review that mirrors what we're thinking, came from Review St. Louis:
I have to admit that upon reading the synopsis of this film, I wasn’t very interested. However, now that I have seen the trailer, it is now a movie I am highly anticipating. Robert Pattinson continues to take roles that set him apart from his Twilight roles, and he looks like he has a good shot at having a career after a solid franchise. Reese Witherspoon looks better than I’ve seen her in years, and Christoph Waltz looks like he might show us another award winning performance. The only thing that worries me is the April release. This film looks like Big Fish with less Burton sensibilities, and it looks like something that might appeal to awards voters. So, why is it being released in April?Either way we're so excited for Rob, and know he'll be amazing in the film. The countdown to April is on!