Saturday, May 11, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan Wate), Alice Englert (Lena Duchannes), Jeremy Irons (Macon Ravenwood), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln), Viola Davis (Amma), Emmy Rossum (Ridley)

Tagline: "Dark secrets will come to light"

Plot: "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."

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Another typical fantasy romance. If it's not vampires and werewolves, we have witches.


Plot is typical, but marginally better than most movies of the same YA genre roots. 

Cinematography is nice enough, first scene is irritatingly too dark, but the rest is fun to watch. A little Tim Burton-esque in my opinion. It worked. Some effects are too campy though.

I totally love the Ravenwood house interior. I can't express how much i love it. 

Great cast. I was totally surprised to see Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson in this movie, and it was such a breath of fresh air to see these great actors in a teen fantasy film. The leads are not that bad - Alden exudes this James Dean aura mixed with a little Rob Lowe (or someone I still couldn't put a name on) and Lena was right about him -- drooling charm. Alice as Lena is okay too but at times she can be bland. I think Ridley (Emmy Rossum) stood out as the good-girl-gone-bitchbad. I loved her character.

Music is good.

Script/dialogue, while sometimes it is cheesy and overly pretentious, still it's smart and way better than most. Witty and funny. 



Solid entertainment. Nothing spectacular to see (except the Ravenwood house, Irons & Thompson), but it's totally better than I expected. Worth watching if you're into these kinds of films.

MY RATINGS: 3/5 - the visuals, script, & cast made this movie a fun watch.

I like Macon and Ridley. Who's your favorite character in the movie?

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