I do not have high expectations prior to seeing this film. I just actually heard about its film adaptation this year but I’ve been seeing the book of the same name about a year ago and I’ve no clues about it at all. Turns out though, the film’s highly entertaining and very different to what people have been saying about it being the next Twilight.
Beautiful Creatures centered on Lena (Alice Englert), a teenage caster (witch) who is about to choose between good and evil once she turned 16 or something like that. She transferred to a new high school from a town her ancestors founded and met the charismatic Ethan White (Alden Ehrenreich) who immediately fell for her and her dilemma about being claimed and fallin’ for the young boy complicates the whole thing.
As far as the story goes, I thought it lacks originality but nevertheless presented a very unique approach on its execution. The leading actors for one are just magnificent on screen. Ehrenreich and Englert are both natural and you’d care for their character if this movie would have a franchise. The rawness and subtlety of their acting deviates the movie’s appeal from Twilight and the likes. Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum as well as Viola Davis gave the two newbies excellent support – which I’ve to give to the producer for putting up an excellent casting. In addition, the soundtrack and and scoring is just divine!
Over-all, the film inject such charisma to its characters that you’d actually ask more of it. It’s commitment from the two leading actors may have been overshadowed by the film’s mediocrity but the mere essence of their love is there – Lena and Ethan, indeed are beautiful creatures.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson
@Ali Mall, Feb 22, 2013 LFS – 190