[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…
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.
The world isn't a palette of Black and White alone, but if you're destined through the darkest depths or through the skies of the brightest light, "Beautiful Creatures" is a novel reeled onto a fork in the road.
Adolescence alone is a growth spurt of "how to be's" and "who am I's", served with a certified destiny and justified circumstances. Life alone can be full of "Beautiful Creatures". With a low down county humour (abundantly perceived through each character's accent), the film provided the audience with majestic contrasts combined with modern day effects. Tones were heavily drawn to contrast character attire and overall scope.Although, religiously recluse, the script progresses through a hybrid outcome grasping alienation and controversy.
Abiding by personal preference; "define good".
"Beautiful Creatures" is beautifully patient.
I’ll be the first to say that I don’t enjoy when things that I love get romanticised incorrectly or otherwise screwed around with. It’s almost a part of the code of being a nerd to bash “Twilight” for everything it screwed with in vampire mythology. We aren’t here today to discuss “Twilight”. But we are going to take a look at a film that is kind of similar. But not at all. But kinda.
Today’s film chose to romanticise something else that many people (such as me, Honest John) do not like to see get screwed with. That would be magic and witches. It’s kinda hard to fuck up a movie about magic, but I’m sure it’s possible. Did today’s…
The only really creepy part of this movie was written in; it wasn't part of the book series. Which I read under the flimsy pretense of 'market research.' And really really wish I hadn't.
While very visually interesting, Beautiful Creatures, based off of a popular YA fantasy/romance novel (that has two sequels), is really nothing too special. It starts pretty interesting and clever. Has a good hook, guy trying to get out of a boring hometown, et cetera et cetera. Falls in love with a girl. Yeah. Of course, there need to be greater powers at work so you know unnamed forces of nature are going to claim her for the Light or the Dark. Light side and Dark side, okay, that's kind of... boring. The film is hopelessly cliched.
It would have worked better if they forgot about evil witches and battle and destiny magical history shit and just made y'know, a small…
it was shit.
Forget cookies! Emmy Rossum looked pretty fierce with those evil CGeyes ♡ I'm joining the dark side!
*A somewhat watchable YA supernatural romdram that held my interest, despite the fact that the lead couple kissed about every 5 seconds. Yeah. I get it. They are SOOOO in love their mouths must be attached at all times.
*Jeremy Iron's southern 'twang' was the most gravelly voice ever to simultaneously scrape and purr within my eardrums.
**Emma should play evil/mad people more often.
This book series is actually quite good, which makes it that much worse to see this film ruin the story and characters. Watered down script, miscast roles, and the look/feel of the characters are just wrong, which sucks the soul out of the story.
I put off watching this as it was compared to twilight a lot!
But after hesitantly sitting through it, I think this is nothing like twilight.
It wasn't patronizingly sickening and a load of utter bullshit...
...it was just a typical teen romance film.
Lots of mocking of small minded religious intolerance which was fun.
...Also the main protagonists read, quite a bit, books even, which is great to see in modern films.
All in all not bad, just not great... Sunday afternoon film maybe?
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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