"As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant and only hope for this third-rate traveling show."
Let's just say, after reading this book, I cannot wait to see the movie! Warning: if you choose to read this book, I feel obligated to note that there is a spattering of bad language and one select scene that is not suitable for children (why do that have to put that stuff in there??) Other than that, the story was so intriguing! I had seen the previews for this movie and was interested right away with the actors.
Rob Pattinson plays the main character from the book, Jacob -- who according to the author was based off of Jacob from the Bible. Honestly, I never picked that up reading the book. And after reading it, I re-read about Jacob.. and I still don't get it. If you've read the book and saw the correlation, clue me in! Rob is perfect for this part (yes, I'm a fan because of Twilight) and I think he will portray Jacob's character well - a tortured soul!
Christoph Waltz will play the part of the charismatic but evil to the core -August. I love love love Christoph Waltz! It happened when I watched his wirey persona in Inglorious Basterds (LOVE THAT MOVIE!) I really could not think of a better actor to play August. The way he can smile at you with such sincerity that it scares you, its a unique trait.
Have I said how excited I am to see the movie? One downfall -- I dont know how I will feel about Reese Witherspoon as Marlena. I like Reese and all, I'm just not sure I see her as the Marlena I read about.
I bought this book on a whim in an airport during a 4 hour delay. I liked it right away, which is a big deal to me, because most books take several chapters to capture my attention. Reading this book puts you in a world of imagination, freakshows, corruption, and fantasy. It makes you feel like a circus worker during the Depression. Wade couldn't help but laugh at me when I would say things like, "aww..." "oh no!" and "ugh!" while I was reading beside him! I was definitly engaged in the story!
Coming to Theatres April 22!