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: Ethan, 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.
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 her 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.
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.