The Twilight Saga may have put Robert Pattinson on the A-list, but it is his performance in Water for Elephants that should establish him firmly as a full-fledged movie star. Pattinson rivets in the role as Jacob, a veterinary school almost-grad who takes up residence in a traveling circus.
Robert Pattinson has arrived as an actor in Water for Elephants. All the promise he has shown in movies up until now, including Remember Me, is on full display as he commands attention in every scene in the film.
Sure, he’s starring opposite Oscar winners in Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon but it is Pattinson who steals the show. We cannot go on enough about how fantastic Pattinson’s performance is in Water for Elephants.
We were so moved, we created our Top 10 reasons Robert Pattinson is perfect in Water for Elephants!
Robert Pattinson: Water for Elephants’ best
Although Robert Pattinson has such great chemistry with Kristen Stewart in the Twilight series; his cinematic chemistry with Witherspoon in Water for Elephants is electric.
Some may have wondered about the Twilight guy starring opposite a living legend in Reese Witherspoon, but after witnessing the marvel of Water for Elephants, there is no actor on earth more perfectly cast to star as the love interest of Witherspoon’s character Marlena.
9. Playing Jacob
After years of Jacob versus Edward discussions, we score one for Pattinson for taking a role where the character’s name is Jacob. After seeing Water for Elephants, you will never see the name of Jacob the same way again in the upcoming Breaking Dawn.
8. Passion for animals
Pattinson adores animals and his passion for our animal friends oozes out of his performance in Water for Elephants. His sensitivity towards Rosie the elephant is merely one aspect of a film that is touching beyond all others this year.
7. Twilight star going large
A pop culture sensation proves his mettle with his turn in Water for Elephants. Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse may have made him a star, but Water for Elephants is what will solidify his place as one of his generation’s great actors.
6. Toe-to-Toe with Oscar winners
Both Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon are in the elite club of Academy Award winners. As the popcorn-Twilight guy, many wondered how he would fare opposite acting greatness. Walking out of Water for Elephants, it is the acting of Robert Pattinson that everyone will be talking about!
5. Traveling soul
Robert Pattinson perfectly embodies the soul of a Depression-era 20-something who has lost everything and must hit the road to find work and a future. It’s hard to explain how effective Pattinson is in capturing the elusive nature of how people of that era had to live. You simply have to see it.
4. Carry a film
There is no question Pattinson’s character is the central individual in Water for Elephants. Without an astute performance by its lead, the film would not work as well as it does. By hitting it out of the park, Pattinson not only carries the film on his shoulders, he greatly contributes to it being a triumph of modern moviemaking.
3. A novel idea
Bringing a bestselling book to the big screen and satisfying fans is one difficult task. With Pattinson’s turn as Jacob, fans of Sara Gruen’s book will be more than pleased with the onscreen incarnation of the character they have only imagined in their minds until now. Just as Twilight fans now have their mental picture for Edward, Water for Elephants fans can now put a face to the literary name.
2. He’s hot
Pattinson is a heartthrob. Period. Movie audiences treasure an actor who is not only easy on the eyes, but can deliver in the acting department. As George Clooney and Brad Pitt before him have achieved, Pattinson scores in being equally hot in looks while turning in a stellar performance.
1. Talent embodied
After his turn in Water for Elephants, this writer cannot wait to see what Pattinson does next after Breaking Dawn parts one and two hit the screen. The talent that showed great promise prior to Water for Elephants is now an absolute sure thing heading into what should be a very bright movie future for Robert Pattinson.