[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…
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.
I had a fun time with this one.
One word: Disgrace
"Love's a spell created by mortals to give their females something to play with instead of power."
I'm always a sucker for YA-based fantasy, so this has been on my radar for a while. I haven't read the novel, nor am I clamoring to do so (though if I find it at Goodwill, I wouldn't pass it up). But I was looking for an excuse to finally pull this out of my queue.
You could take Twilight, warp the vampires into magicians (or "casters" per the narrative lexicon), and set it in True Blood and you've basically got Beautiful Creatures. However much this is a good or bad thing depends on how much you don't mind derivative stuff.
Man, I was expecting something entirely different. I was expecting some tween-romance movie like twilight. But instead I got myself a pretty descent movie, with lovely visuals, clever written dialogue, good acting performances and a great soundtrack. Honestly, I was surprised. Good job movie. I wouldn't mind a sequel.
...a sweet and compelling romantic drama that almost succeed on being good. The only problem here is that its rich narrative scope was trimmed the wrong way.
This movie "Beautiful Creatures" is a confusing movies from start to finish. But I got to say that the performances are okay. The directing by Richard LaGracenese is not that bad. "The score and effects I will say a "positive comment" which is the score/effects were good!!!" This movie for my opinion Beautiful Creatures is a plodding YA novel adaptation that feels watered down for the Twilight set.
Almost as bad as Twilight
These movies based on young adult novels always fake me out. The first 20 minutes I think, 'OK, this movie might not be half bad. There might be some interesting sci-fi and fantasy elements, the love story isn't cliché (yet), and these people are pretty.' And then I watch the rest, and of course think, 'buuuuuut it's not half good either.' Like many movies based on books, the creators are so busy checking off a list of things that happened in the book, that there isn't time for sufficient plot development, or character development, or a reason to really make me care.
My wife likes young adult books, by the way, and I indulge her by watching the movies.
I will say the acting isn't half bad, especially Alden Ehrenreich, who's also very good in Hail Caesar. Emmy Rossum also knows what she's doing. Otherwise, feel free to avoid this. I won't mind.
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