[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? t'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...
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…
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.…
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…
Some good people told me that this was good, so I gave it a go.
It is a nice bit of supernatural guff. A bit like a more accessible "Stoker", but with witches.
It looks lovely throughout and has some great, insane scenery chewing by Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson and their slightly dodgy accents.
In the end, though, it's a pretty good bit of daft entertainment. I am concerned though that one Saturday night I might just stray into "Twilight" territory. And enjoy it.
Heavy on bad special effects and low on thrills, this messy supernatural teen romance plays like a funnier, more charming Twilight knockoff, but, much like the latter, fails to immerse us in its convoluted mythology.
While obviously trying to jump on the Twilight, teen, supernatural drama bandwagon this film is a fine addition to the genre. Solid cast and story make this a not-horrid thing to watch.
Supernatural teen romances are a real hype and young fans of dark fantasy get exactly what they want. If the whole film was better executed it would have reached a broader audience.
Teenagers Ethan and Lena are the beating heart of the story. Ethan lives in a small community in the state of South Carolina. He doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t want to belong to the petty community. Then he meets Lena who, as an unconventional newcomer, doesn’t belong there either. Lena has magical powers which puts the love between the two in jeopardy.
The two leading characters, although not very well known, are the power of the film. They are convincing together and it never gets too…
Okay this movie is not beautiful but it's not really bad.This movie has good acting and the movie could been a lot better but it failed.
This just reeks of a young adult novel and I wouldn't have minded if the acting wasn't so terrible.
First off, if you need actors with a southern accent, why not hire actors from the south or people who can actually imitate one?
Second, Emma Thompson must have really needed the money because her talent is wasted in this.
The movie started off decent and quickly declined into a mess.
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"God created all things, didn't he? It's only men who go and decide which ones are mistakes."
I actually reviewed this back in December: letterboxd.com/garo/film/beautiful-creatures-2013/ the review is mostly poorly written reading it back but I hope it gives some idea as to why, eight months later, I'm sitting down to review this again on Bluray.
With a mostly recognisable cast and not an all out scathing reaction from the critics it's a shame that Beautiful Creatures didn't do well at the box office. It's almost like all the "soccer moms" and tweens want shitty movies. Honestly about the only thing the critics complained about in these reviews is Twilight, which I myself…
I didn't like this goddamn movie the first time, why did I decide to watch it again?
Accents are still terrible, by the way.
Well fuck me, I totally enjoyed that one! I thought, as YA fantasy goes, it was rather original, storywise. Like, it was a bit of a mess at times and also the love story was... ridiculous at best (as usual in films for teenagers) but some things I really liked:
- the whole Southern Gothic atmosphere
- the main male character's sass (and sometimes also the girl's when she's not trying too hard to be Kristen Stewart)
- the supporting cast, especially Emmy Rossum, Emma Thomspon and Viola Davis
- those bizarre Tim Burton-esque scenes that made me think that Beautiful Creatures took itself a lot less seriously that the rest of its Stephenie Meyer-based cousins
Overall, I geniunely had a good time watching this. Surprisingly!
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