Possible redemption for Pattinson?

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By Lane Roberts

Thus far, Robert “Pretty Boy” Pattinson hasn’t had much opportunity to showcase his talent as an actor.

Though he has begun to carve out his post-Twilight career, many critics still wonder if he has the acting chops to move past the world of vampires.

Fortunately for him, he has chance to prove himself this spring in Water for Elephants.  The film, also starring Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, is adapted from Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel of the same title.

The movie centers around a veterinary school dropout who, after he gets picked up by “The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth,” falls for the circus’ star performer, Marlena (Witherspoon). However, their burgeoning romance is threatened by Marlena’s volatile husband (Waltz).

Neither of the leads say much of anything in the trailer. Instead, it is made up of hazy shots of life in the circus:  Jacob peering in the circus tent to watch Marlena delicately lay herself across a horse; the two together; gently stroking one of the animals.

Needless to say, it’s impossible to judge whether or not Pattinson has any acting skills beyond the Edward Cullen-esque longing gaze thing that he has mastered so well.

The inclusion of Witherspoon, Waltz, and Hal Holbrook as the aged Jacob, who have all either won or have been nominated for an Academy Award, give me hope for this movie.

Waltz especially seems to have been perfectly cast. As the ruthless, ferociously possessive August, he can bring the same intensity he brought to his Oscar-winning portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds.

Overall, I think I’ll give Pattinson the benefit of the doubt and see the movie. After all, it must be essentially impossible to give a quality performance in a film series like Twilight.

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