A circus provides the setting for this slow-paced but well-acted adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-seller, casting "Twilight" fan favorite Robert Pattinson as a Depression-era veterinary student who goes AWOL after his parents die.
He hooks up with a traveling circus and becomes involved with the star attraction (Reese Witherspoon), who has a possessive husband ("Inglourious Basterds" Oscar winner Christoph Waltz). A special elephant becomes a factor in the triangle. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; audio commentary by director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese; three "making-of" documentaries. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)