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 Rated PG-13
Did you read the books? If so you would see that the movie was badly made and left out major items that the book covered. I was highly disappointed and when it comes out on DVD I will not be purchasing it or see any further of the movies (if they make them). I would advise anyone out there to read the books instead they are a wonderful series (4 in all).
Comment #1.1 by: Elena Gorgan on 06 Mar 2013, 15:10 GMT
Not yet, Nett. However, even if I had read them (I plan to, btw), I would have still reviewed the film as a stand-alone production, separate from the books. It's normal for films to lack major elements from the books they're based on, and I'm not sure this is something that should be held against them, since we're talking about two different mediums here.
As a bookworm myself, I too would recommend reading the book over seeing the movie any day. But I was not sorry for seeing this one, it was worth the money and the time. Try to give it a chance with an open mind. :)
Comment #1.2 by: Truefanreadermoviegoer on 10 Mar 2013, 02:10 GMT
I know right. I mean they could change some things just not the whole movie. Thank you fellow Beautiful Creatures reader.
Comment #1.3 by: flutt on 27 Apr 2013, 17:14 GMT
I agree. The books were amazing. The movie is a bit disappointing but I hate books made into movies. They never do the books justice.
Comment #1.4 by: sky on 03 May 2013, 02:34 GMT
The movie was well done but no it does not follow the book. So much happens in the book I would have loved to have seen. So much was off that you can not say the movie is based on the book. Certain parts that happen in the movie dont even happen in the book and even at that the movie, as good as it was, would have been so epic they could have blown twilight apart spontaneously cumbusting if they had put some of those awesome scenes in it. They kept it way too tame in my opinion. Who were you targeting 5th graders? I am really hopin the second instalment goes along closer to the book cuz I really wanna see the bug filled pies and club scene and all it involves! Can not wait to start the thrd book. Almost halfway done with the second one then its links book then the third book.
Comment #2 by: Truefanreadermoviegoer on 10 Mar 2013, 02:09 UTC
I am a full on fan of the Beautiful Creatures series and when I heard that they were coming out with a movie, I was estastic. So me and my friend (she is loves it as much as I do) went to see the movie. We were so excited we were counting down and we were expecting this great movie. However, we were greatly disapointed. Now for all of you that have not read the book you wouldn't notice the changes they mad to the movie which I get because you have to change some things to make it intersting. You do not however change everything which they did. I am gravely disapointed. It was a good movie it just did not follow the book which if you were a true reader, watch the movies fan you would have plently to debate because everything was messed up because there. was nothing the same in the book. Beautiful Creatures is so not the new twilight because that at least followed the book somewhat
Comment #3 by: Truefanreadermoviegoer on 10 Mar 2013, 02:12 UTC
THANK YOU! I've read all these terrible reviews by people who've read the book and all they can say that's bad about it has to do with their disappointment over how it didn't follow the book. Who gives a * ? It's a good movie that's easy to relate to and riddled with emotion and subtext. I'll admit the younger actors had some rough moments (Ehrenreich ought to work on his accent when he's gettin emotional) and the puppy lust turning into eternal curse breaking love seemed a bit quick, but the back story makes up for it. All in all I think the people who read the book are just a bunch of pathetic whiners who can't appreciate good film cause there so wrapped up in their expectations. Read some Vonnegut and get over yourselves. So it goes. ;)
There are four books to the series and when you say you are making a movie based on the book, you expect it to follow somewhat closely. They couldn't follow word for word or there would be a 4 hour movie, however, they have made it in a way where it is almost impossible to make sequels because of how they ended the movie. This will only prove good for those who have not read and do not plan on reading the books.
If you enjoyed the books, this movie is a great disappointment. It left out so many important aspects of the book that I felt cheated. What's even more frustrating is to read that the authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl had a hand in the production of this film. The actors were mediocre at best. Although Its a given books are always better than the films, I had high hopes for this movie and though I'm not a Twilight fan and actually kind of despise the films, I would much rather waste my time watching those trainwreck films than this failure of a film.
I thought that Beautiful Creatures was a horribly made movie. It had almost no resemblance to the book besides the main facts, which most still seems to have been forgotten in this production. They pretty much rewrote half the story line, I felt like they we're two different stories. First of all, I was extremely disappointed with the fact that they didn't mention kelting or the mind communication between Ethan and Lena, whatsoever. Which was a major point in the book since it plays a big role in book two of the series, Beautiful Darkness. Also I don't understand why the took Ethan's actual death out of the movie. The last to books of the series focus on the point that Ethan had died and was meant to stay dead, so if he didn't die in the first movie, how exactly are they going to make the last two movies if intended? Probably rewriting them as well. The "battle" scene towards the end was aslo ALL wrong . I adored the series and was very excited when the movie came out but I was incredibly * by the end. I could count on the 20 fingers and toes I have, twice, on all the differences on book vs. movie. I have to say that I hated the movie, and if the other movies are are going to be equally disappointing, I think i'd prefer them to not ruin anymore of my beloved books.