Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is an adaptation of the first novel in the popular Caster Chronicles series, written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. ~Imdb

I  was disappointed. Beautiful Creatures had good moments, but overall I can’t stop thinking that it could have been better.

Please, keep in mind that there are 24 book-to-movie adaptations expected this year (2013). I think many people expect that the Caster Chronicles will replace Twilight. Mainly, because these are supernatural “boy meets girl” stories, where mortals fall in love with immortals (vampires & witches/casters).

Emma Thompson’s performance was as expected. She was scary and creepy in that Sarafine Duchannes way. Alden Ehrenreich managed to keep the character and the writing alive during some long monologues. And Alice Englert did quite well as Lena Duchannes.

These “monologues” are the cause of my disappointment. I felt like there were moments when the delivery of information took over what could have been great scenes. These lacked emotion. It didn’t make me feel for Lena and Ethan as a couple. Of course, there are also book adaptation changes, but I didn’t have any problem with these decisions. If you are a fan of the books, then I assure you these changes aren’t bad.

The graphics in this movie were good, nothing new, but enjoyable. It was a fun movie. I would recommend this movie to fans of the Caster Chronicles, and fans of the fantasy romance genre. I know most fans would watch the movie anyway, at least to compare it to the book.

What did you guys think?

Thanks for reading,

Steph

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