[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?
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…
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...
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…
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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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another teen movie based on teen books about the occult. hot on the coat tails of the Twilight saga.
someone hand me a barf bag!
As these supernatural-romance-for-teen-girls movies go, this one is hard to really dislike. It's got an engaging cast who do a fine job with the really slight material. But ultimately, it's tough to really like it either. It's watered down fantasy material for people who are loooking for a romantic coming of age story that doesbn't challenge the viewer ... at all.
With all the ingredients of a runaway YA hit and a fantastically solid cast who do their best to chew through the lavish gothic scenery around them, 'Beautiful Creatures' is a film that can't help but be defined by its CW level direction and mishandling. Unsubtle. And a depressingly missed opportunity.
Hat eigentlich ganz nett angefangen, ist dann aber leider absolut auf die typische Teenie-Gothic-Schnulzen-Schiene abgerutscht. Und sie haben es noch obendrein geschafft ohne jegliche Action auszukommen. Ein absoluter Mädchenfilm.
I had seen much of the first half earlier and caught the second half on CGV this morning (I had to bug out earlier because Hyunsook let slip broad hints that she wasn't too interested, though I will bet she would have liked it much more in the theater).
Some interesting ideas, and I am sure the book is more interesting but it was more than a little predictable and banal. For all of the great star power in supporting roles, I felt it did not add up to much.
All-in-all this is the sort of movie I wish I could enjoy more. I suspect I am scoring high at three (2.75) stars and that a subsequent viewing might see me drop to 2.5 as I feel like I am being more than a little generous.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Pain & Gain
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- 12 Years a Slave
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