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

Supernatural thriller starring Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert. Bored and frustrated teenager Ethan soon becomes smitten when the enigmatic Lena arrives in his Deep South home town. But his new love has "powers" and Ethan is about to discover she is even more special than he thought.

Cast and crew


Ethan Wate
Alden Ehrenreich
Lena Duchannes
Alice Englert
Macon Ravenwood
Jeremy Irons
Viola Davis
Ridley Duchaness
Emmy Rossum
Thomas Mann (2)
Mrs Lincoln / Sarafine
Emma Thompson
Eileen Atkins
Aunt Del
Margo Martindale
Emily Asher
Zoey Deutch
Kyle Gallner


Richard LaGravenese

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Edited for violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Feb 2013
Certificate 12
Entertainment in Video Ltd