Robert Pattinson proves there’s life beyond Twilight’s vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen with this heady period romance based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen. He plays veterinary-school drop-out Jacob Jankowski, who takes to the road in the midst of the Depression and joins a fading travelling circus. His vet skills soon come in handy but they also pitch him into a volatile romantic triangle with the show’s star performer, Reese Witherspoon’s glamorous Marlena, and her mercurial husband, the circus’s ringmaster and owner, played by Christoph Waltz. Pattinson’s co-stars are both past Oscar winners, while Tai the elephant is a scene stealer in her own right, but amidst the sweat, sawdust and spangled glamour of the circus, he more than holds his own in the ring.
On general release from 4th May.