Beautiful Creatures

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Beautiful Creatures is an adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It is a supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Beautiful Creatures 1Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Ethan Wate is a charismatic high school junior who is tired and bored of his small Bible Belt town, Gatlin, South Carolina. He has a dream of going away to attend college. He finds delight in his disdain for his classmates, who seem to be content to live and die in Gatlin.

Lena Duchannes is an abrasive outsider a far cry from the chatty Southern belles in Ethan’s classroom when those gossip girls say that Lena is a Ravenwood. The Ravenwood’s are a wealthy clan that founded the town.Beautiful Creatures 2

Lena’s family is not normal; the family is “casters” (they have supernatural powers) and on her upcoming 16th birthday, her destiny is that she will either turn to the dark side like Beautiful Creatures 3her aunt Sarafine, or stay good like her uncle Macon. Sarafine stole the body of the town evangelist Mrs. Lincoln in order to influence Lena to turn to the dark side.

Beautiful Creatures is the Southern version of the Twilight series. Like Twilight, it is geared towards the young with supernatural teenage romance and love stories. It is not great but it is not bad either. Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Jeremy Irons held the movie together without which the movie is nothing.Beautiful Creatures 4

It stars Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine, Viola Davis as Amma, Aldan Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate and Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes. Directed and written by Richard LaGravenese.

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8 Responses to Beautiful Creatures

  1. Cameron Girl says:

    Beautiful Creatures has an interesting plot but the screenwriter did not took advantage of it. The lead actors are not very convincing either.

  2. Austin C says:

    Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum are great as ever. Alice Englert couldn’t hold a southern accent and Alden Ehrenraich almost every second I would be complaining about his more too. Their attempt for a southern accent is laughable.

  3. Joan W says:

    The latest tween romance rushing to fill the glorious void left by the departed Twighlight franchise is Beautiful Creatures, an adaptation of the 2009 young adult novel that-weirdly-is directed by Richard LaGravenese, best known for writing The Fisher King.

    Movie is very flat.

  4. Wolfgang S says:

    Went to see this movie last weekend, much like watching Twilight set in the South.

  5. Erica says:

    Beautiful Creatures is beautiful but it’s far from flawless. Nevertheless, its fun, dark fantasy story is better than Twilight by far.

    Amazing story, with good performances! Better than Twilight!

    Having read the book is no advantage as they have not followed the book very well.. Maybe one of the worst adaptations of a book I’ve ever seen.

  6. James B says:

    It is a better love story than Twilight. I really liked this one. Beautiful Creatures’ script would have been more suited for a romance than a fantasy movie. It succeeded in telling a good love story.

  7. Jessie Q says:

    Beautiful Creatures to me is a little slow, the story was fine, and the early slow portions of the movie was saved by the comedic efforts of the lead characters. This movie kept me involved with a different but generic movie storyline, beautiful characters basically took every good/evil young love type movie and used that formula. I would call this a decent date movie.

  8. Dolly M. says:

    You are so correct, the movie is a Southern version of Twilight. I like Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons they pretty much held the movie intact.

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