Water For Elephants
Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, this movie is touching, exciting and absolutely beautiful. The fact that the set is a circus in the 30s, during the depression, meant that the set and costume designers had a lot to work with, but a slight danger of the result being dull or lacking in glamour. Thankfully, this wasn't the case at all! Whilst still real and raw at times, it is visually stunning at every turn. It captures the torment and exhaustion of the animals and circus workers, and yet still maintains so much 'glitz' and beauty. The tension between the two main characters was also expressed so well, with both personalities far from simple... I felt that Reese was particularly strong in her role, reminding me of the success that was Walk the Line a few years ago.
If you are sensitive to animal cruelty, there are a couple of scenes where you will need to avert your eyes, but it is necessary to build the audience's hatred for the circus owner, who you may all remember from Inglorious Basterds. He too encompasses his role perfectly.
Vogue of course captured the movie so perfectly as you can see in the shoot they did with Reese: