Don’t be misled by the trailer above when it comes to “Beautiful Creatures.” It’s what I did and I walked into the theater expecting some kind of “Twilight,” perhaps a touch better because of the amazing actors in it. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
“Beautiful Creatures” is a coming of age story with a touch of romance (without ever becoming too sappy or cliché), a story of good and bad and the fine line that separates them, told in good looking pictures, and with the support of an extraordinary cast and a good script.
It’s entertaining and immediately pulls you in because it’s incredibly relatable. It’s funny and sad, griping and light, passionate and sweet, all at the same time. It might not be the most solid piece of moviemaking ever made, but it’s definitely the kind of film that will put a smile on your face.
What I Liked
The acting is solid throughout, even from newcomers Alden Ehrenreich (who is like a combination of DiCaprio, Depp and Clark Kent in motion) and Alice Englert. Thompson, Irons and Rossum are a delight to watch, whenever they come on screen. Good VFX, good story, good script, excellent music.
What I Didn’t Like
There’s nothing I didn’t like about “Beautiful Creatures” and, no, this isn’t the romantic in me talking. This is a beautiful piece of fantasy even without the love story.
If you ever hear that “‘Beautiful Creatures’ is the new ‘Twilight’,” a phrase often used in connection to it, please don’t let that sway you, give it a chance and you (most likely) won’t be sorry you did. Also, don’t judge it by the trailer, which is one of the most misleading (in the most negative sense possible) I have ever seen. Let some magic into your life.
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writers: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Kami Garcia (novel)
Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Alden Ehrenreich, Emmy Rossum