The excitement is mounting up for the release of the motion picture Water for Elephants. I must say I am part of that excited mass. I just hope that the film remains true to the book not only in the plot but in spirit.
I read Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen several years ago, and it became one of my all-time favorite books. In the story, Mr. Jankowski, now a senior living in a senior home, narrates to his nurse how he dropped out from college, and joined the Benzini Brothers Circus as a veterinarian, and how he fell in love with Marlena and Rosie, the elephant. The book was sometimes funny and at other times dramatic, and that’s what I mean when I say that I hope the true spirit of the book doesn’t get lost in the film. Mr. Jankowski as a senior plays as big a part in the book as does his younger counterpart.
I have some misgivings about the casting of Robert Pattinson as the young Jankowski. I would have preferred Tobey Maguire or Jake Gyllenhaal, but these two are too old to play the part considering Jankoski was college aged. Don’t get me wrong, I like Robert Pattinson in the Twilight Saga, but this story is pure drama meant for a wider audience.
I just hope the film becomes a success, in the name of the fantastic book it is based on.