Beautiful Creatures

  • 12
  • Richard LaGravenese (2013)
  • US
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Based on the first in a series of popular boy-meets-witch books, Beautiful Creatures is perfect filler for teens left bereft by the end of the Twilight films. Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker) plays bored teenager Ethan, who falls for Lena (Alice Englert), the weird new kid in his Deep South home town. Turns out Lena's a "Caster", a kind of witch, and will come into full possession of her powers on her 16th birthday. But the youngsters' budding romance runs awry when feuding elders Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson start battling to determine whether Lena's powers will be turned towards good or evil. The two young leads are terrific. So, too, are the smartly written early scenes of small-town conservatism and awkward boy/girl smoochy stuff. The script is by the film's director, Richard LaGravenese, who also wrote The Bridges of Madison County and The Fisher King, so it should be good. In fact, it's almost a shame when Irons and Thompson pop up, and campness and Caster stuff kick in. However, though the film's second half doesn't quite cast the spell of the first, this remains decent teen entertainment, and augurs well for further films in the franchise.

Plot Summary

A teenager falls in love with a new girl in his school, only to discover she is a witch. As dark secrets from her family's past emerge, they discover that on her 16th birthday, she will be required to choose a side in a conflict between good and evil. Fantasy based on Kami Garcia's novel, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ethan Wate
Alden Ehrenreich
Lena Duchannes
Alice Englert
Macon Ravenwood
Jeremy Irons
Amma
Viola Davis
Ridley Duchaness
Emmy Rossum
Link
Thomas Mann
Mrs Lincoln / Sarafine
Emma Thompson
Gramma
Eileen Atkins
Aunt Del
Margo Martindale
Emily Asher
Zoey Deutch
Larkin
Kyle Gallner

Crew

Director
Richard LaGravenese

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Feb 2013
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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