Beautiful Creatures – Film Review

Title: Beautiful Creatures

Age: 12A

Released: 13th February 2013

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Genre: Fantasy, Thriller

Rating: **** (4/5 stars)

About: In the small town of Gatlin, S.C., teenage Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) sees his static world shaken by the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of town patriarch Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons). Immediately, Ethan feels drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to surround her, and she has supernatural powers that are beyond her control. Worse still, a curse looms for Lena at the approach of her 16th birthday — a time when the forces of either light or dark will claim her.

Review: I first saw this film when it first came out (so that was over three years ago!) and I remember thinking how crap it was because it was nothing like the book – I was so very disappointed that the film had changed so much about the book.

However, after having rewatched this only a week ago, and only having a vague recollection of what happened in the book, I thought this film was brilliant.

It got 4 stars, however, because of my issues that I had it with it when I first watched it and even though now I thought it was good, it’s still not worth 5 stars I’m sorry to say.

So I know that this film is obviously based on the book, but I did really enjoy the story idea.

The actors were cute as well – although what is up that girl called Emily and her friends? I also found it quite amusing when Ethan clearly wasn’t in to her and she was like oh lets be friends. I don’t remember what her character was like that in the book, but she was a rather silly girl.

However, I felt that although this received many negative reviews, you can’t fault the cast because they really did give it their all.

The character of Ethan Wate is played out amazingly, he really does feel like the nice guy from next door. He was adorable not going to lie.

Then there’s the mysterious Lena Duchannes – you have to feel sorry for her when its comes to the choices that she has to make. You can see why she did them and at the same time, you’re just there like why?

I did rather enjoy this film, but I do feel that you have to be in the mood for it. I know that, for whatever reason, I had the sudden urge to watch it so that probably made it feel a whole lot better. But I do think that this film can be considered as enjoyable for some people.

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