‘Water For Elephants’ Trailer: Like ‘Titanic,’ But With Robert Pattinson And Reese Witherspoon

The trailer for “Water for Elephants” has stampeded its way onto the Internet, giving movie fans a beautifully shot look at the adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel and its beautiful stars, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

The first thing that occurs to us watching this trailer is that it’s a whole lot like “Titanic”… except that the events unfold amid a traveling circus rather than upon a giant ocean liner. Depression-era setting? Check! Love triangle with beautiful woman, overbearing older lover and baby-faced younger suitor? Check! Climactic disaster providing the backdrop for the resolution of all things? Big-time check! Watch the trailer after the jump.

“Water for Elephants” is told in flashback by the 90-year-old version of Pattinson’s Jacob Janowski, who is taking stock of the experiences of his youthful travels with a Depression-era circus called “The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.” Witherspoon plays the object of Jacob’s desire Marlena Rosenbluth, an angelic circus performer with a strange talent for captivating horses — and, as it turns out, men. The only thing standing in the way of these two crazy kids getting together is, well, Marlena’s husband August (Christoph Waltz), a violent animal trainer and one hell of an inglorious bastard.

As in “Titanic,” R.Patz and R.With’s characters go ahead and get together anyway, with explosive results. And just when you think you know where the story is going, along comes the epic, catastrophic finale to throw you for a loop. But don’t worry — it has nothing to do with an iceberg, an ocean liner, a gargantuan diamond or a girl named Rose.

“Water for Elephants” is directed by Francis Lawrence of “I Am Legend” fame and hits theaters April 15.

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