Beautiful Creatures: Film Review


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Your reaction to Beautiful Creatures will depend upon a few things: one, do you like supernatural movies, two, are you a fan of teenage love stories, and three, have you ever seen any of the Twilight movies? If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, then this is the movie for you.

The story goes like this: a young man named Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) loves books and quaint southern towns. He is deposited in the fictional town of Gatlin, South Carolina where nothing seems quite right and always just wrong enough to annoy him. A year into what seems like exile, he meets a girl who looks beautiful and miserable at the same time: Lena (Alice Englert). She hates Gatlin too and soon they become smitten with each other because, well, their town sucks.

Ah, but there are secrets to be found – dark secrets which shatter their rather blasé impressions of their separate and intertwined family histories. To say more would be to act as a spoiler, and this I cannot do. The two leads are charming enough and play their roles well after a few rocky moments in the beginning.

What you won’t be able to digest are Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons accents; why they were cast as southerners as opposed to, oh I dunno, Kathy Bates or Billy Bob Thornton is a mystery. Thompson and Irons are great actors, but not every actor should attempt a drawl. This one left my head scratching every time one of them opened their mouths. Nice try, but no plantation cigar.

The movie is entertaining, if instantly forgettable, for the simple reason that it goes out of its way to be smarter than Twilight and almost as fun as the dullest parts of Harry Potter. These are teens who don’t mope and cry because of their supernatural divisions; they relish in them, and make fun of it, and for that we – as conscious moviegoers – can only be grateful.

Check the gallery for recent pics from premieres & promo events of actress Emmy Rossum, one of the stars of the film.