Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

(2013)

Dark secrets will come to light.

Gothic, supernatural teen romance based on the best-selling fantasy novel, co-starring Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Set in the American South, this is the story of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), who longs to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark, black magic secrets about their respective families and town.... More

The book is the first of the Caster Chronicles series, named by MTV News as one of 2010's 'series to watch'.Hide

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It might not be wise to challenge the almighty Twilight in a game of Rock, Paper, Sparkle. But with the conclusion of that saga behind us (supposedly), the young adult fantasy romance genre is ripe for the taking. Beautiful Creatures steps onto the stage and gives a bold performance, but ends up bowing its head down and shuffling into the wings alongside I Am Number Four.... More

Ambitious teen Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) wants to escape a life destined for blandness – shown in an awesomely creepy scene where he’s forced to forecast his entire life in a minute. His desire for the extraordinary draws him to Lena (Alice Englert), a ‘caster’ with supernatural abilities.

The always-reliable Jeremy Irons is great as Lena’s protective uncle, though he tends to forget that he has a Southern accent. Emma Thompson holds a more natural Texan twang, but brings a big plate of ham to her performance. However, it’s the fresh-faced leads that liven the film up. What Ehrenreich lacks in facial features he makes up for heavily in charisma while Englert plays off his fascination. Between the outcast seeking normality and the ‘average Joe’ seeking abnormality, the relationship carries an infectious dynamic that brims with personality.

Unfortunately, the elusive world of ‘casters’ isn’t all that wondrous. There is no Hogwarts castle to be in awe of and the weird Lazy Susan dinner-table whirlwind battle scene doesn’t come close to dethroning The Craft for best witch-vs-witch battle. It’s a damn shame Beautiful Creatures fumbles with its own fantasy lore, for it presents a young romantic couple worth caring about; a quality it has over its predecessors.Hide


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BY wobbit superstar

Sorry, couldn't get into it


BY Roo grader

I found this a really interesting story as I haven't read the book, but I think this movie is aimed at the twilight fans, just another supernatural teen love story. Great few twists and turns in the story, the only thing that really bothered me was the fake accents.


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46% of critics recommend.
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  • Beautiful Creatures springs to life whenever Irons, Thompson or Rossum is centerstage. The grown-ups get to wear all the coolest costumes and spout all the juiciest lines. Problem is, this isn't their story. It's first and foremost a semi-plodding teen romance with supernatural overtones. Full Review

  • Had this adaptation of the young adult fantasy-romance taken a few more liberties, it might have been a home run. Full Review

  • The plot is wildly silly and shot full of holes, maundering endlessly on its slow trawl towards the climax. But the cast at least play it like they mean it, and keep it honest for a spell. Full Review

  • Maybe there really are supernatural forces at work in this world. How else to explain Beautiful Creatures? The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma — three words not typically associated with teen romances. Full Review

  • Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch. Full Review

  • As with many young-adult book-to-film series, Beautiful Creatures plays like an illustrated compendium of scenes from the novel, as opposed to a finely tuned narrative all its own. Full Review

  • Fortunately, writer-director Richard LaGravenese has jettisoned most of the novel and refashioned its core mythology and characters into a feverishly enjoyable guilty pleasure. Full Review

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