The scenes when the circus is in session are rather magical. There’s no chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, but I would have been very surprised if they had had any. The most worthwhile moments in this film are ironically provided by Rosie the elephant and Christoph Waltz, who has shown a gift for playing cruel characters to a T. The movie followed the book, but it was short on emotions. My favorite part of the film is when the disaster happens; that’s when this motion picture packed all the punches that could fit into those sequences and it worked well.
I liked the book better, but you’ll like the movie if you’re not too picky.