[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Dark secrets will come to light.
Ethan Wate just wants to get to know Lena Duchannes better, but unbeknownst to him, Lena has strange powers. As Lena's 16th birthday approaches she might decide her fate, to be good or evil. A choice which will impact her relationship forever.
Who are these terrible, terrible lead actor kids and why are they interrupting a perfectly good Jeremy Irons/Emma Thompson ham-off?
Basically it's the new Twilight.
Everyone knows it's the new Twilight.
And anyone knows it's the new Twilight.
Universally, it's the new Twilight.
That's it; it's the new Twilight.
It's the new Twilight.
Filling the gap left by Twilight.
Understand? It's the new Twilight.
Love Twilight? Well this is the new Twilight.
Cheer emo kids! It's the new Twilight.
Rejoice sexually repressed teens! It's the new Twilight.
Embrace fans of mellow indie! It's the new Twilight.
Ascend in your masses society dwellers! It's the new Twilight.
Tell your sparkly friends! It's the new Twilight.
Unearth your Topshop Halloween costumes! It's the new Twilight.
Run to the cinema! It's the new Twilight.
Enjoy what is undoubtedly the new Twilight.
So overall, it's the new Charmed...
Doomed from the start to be considered a Twilight clone, this film deserves a lot more credit for actually being watchable and somewhat interesting.
Sure, this film is trope heavy, covering just about every base imaginable a film based on a fantasy novel for young adults should cover, but found the backdrop rather charming and some characters actually interesting. These stories always have to be about troubled love and for that to work you need a central couple to believe and invest in.
In Beautiful Creatures this partly succeeds. Alice Englert is ok, but a bit one-note. It is Alden Ehrenreich, however, who completely sells this film for me.…
I had seen this for the first time back at the start of December and really enjoyed it. Needless to say when the wife asked if I wanted to join her in watching it again, I did it with a happy heart.
The Young Adult genre was something new to me. I'd heard people talk about it but wasn't entirely sure what it was. When someone mentioned "Twilight", I kind of got the gist of it. I'm never too keen to admit it but I'm a fan of "Twilight". A lot cleverer than it's given credit for, it found a niche in the book buying market and exploited it to the max. The inevitable films were always going to be…
Beautiful Creatures, based on Kami Garcia’s novel of the same name, is another Young Adult adaptation about chaste love, supernatural forces and teenage sexual awakening. Thankfully, it is rather more entertaining than Twilight although still not without its significant problems. Ethan, a well read Southern jock longs to leave his small town until he meets new girl Lena who also happens to be a witch. As is the way with these YA stories their love is complicated by a supernatural curse as Lena must choose either to embrace the light or dark side on her 16th birthday.
Richard LaGravenese film has more personality than the majority of its counterparts but it still suffers from many of the same failings. The…
What a bizarre beast of a film this is! There are choices that boggle the mind and dash any hope of enjoying the entire experience. And yet… you get a pretty strong whiff of a great film hiding underneath all the shit. It's about a love story between a teenage human boy who is frustrated with his small southern town existence and the girl who moves into a mysterious haunted house with her uncle. Together, they have to hope their love for each other can conquer fate and a bunch of other stuff happens.
The biggest problem is that it's all too rushed. One would think 2 hours is plenty for a paranormal teen romance about witches-sorry, they don't like…
Why? imagine the Twilight Saga, except with witches instead of vampires. And due to poor sales, you don't get to see what happens to the main characters, as the ending was obviously set up with a sequel in mind.
My first impression after watching it in the theater was lukewarm. But it grew on me quite a bit after watching it again on HBO. Will Lena Duchannes be "claimed" for the light (good) or the dark (bad) on her 16th birthday? She is a supernatural caster. A witch of sorts. And this is her story.
A nice bit of acting all around in Beautiful Creatures. I especially thought Alden Ehrenreich did an outstanding job as the fella interested in Lena. He was charming and charismatic and really carried his character well. Irons, Davis and Rossum were also solid, though they should be....they are all seasoned actors. As for Lena, Alice Englert was adequate, but seemed a bit green. I…
YIKES x 1000
Emma Thompson was so camp and delightful tho
I think this was quite acceptable?! I mean, the whole "women have no control over their own emotions but men have" was absolutely disgusting, but the teenagers weren't annoying and gross, and they respected each other, and VIOLA DAVIS AND EMMA THOMPSON WERE ABSOLUTE GODDESSES WHO'S EVEN SURPRISED.
ALSO, IT HAS EMMA THOMPSON SAYING "SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME SALLY". ♥
Oddly unconvincing and non-engaging melange of supernatural teen movie themes, some truly bizarro moments, some scenes seem like self-parody, nothing really made sense, also there was - at least for me - no chemistry between the two leads. Lots of talents involved,, but ultimately wasted.
This film follows Ethan Wate who has spent all his life living in Gatlin, a small town in the South of America with equally small-minded people. His neighbours are set in their ways, everything must go with tradition and no one must step out of line lest they want to incur the wrath of gossip and dirty looks so you can imagine the uproar when a beautiful girl moves to town to live with her uncle, the local recluse who no one has seen in years. With Lena’s arrival, strange things start happening, like mysterious storms and smashing windows and since Ethan has been seeing this girl in his dreams for months before he even saw her in person, he…
Surprisingly enjoyable for an adaptation of a young adult novel, Beautiful Creatures benefits from solid performances from its immensely talented cast, believable romantic chemistry between Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, an interesting plot, enjoyable characters, and smooth pacing.
Fine acting, a solid premise and decent effects serve to elevate this above other recent fantasy romances-not naming any. Otherwise, it's run of the mill.
This is what I've seen so far in 2013, ranked from best to worst. I must say that 2013 turned…
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