Beautiful Creatures (DVD)
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Based on the New York Times best-selling young adult novel, this hauntingly intense coming-of-age story about two teenage star-crossed lovers in a small South Carolina town who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town has been adapted and directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King). Oscar® winners Emma Thompson (Harry Potter films) and Jeremy Irons (The Mission), Oscar® nominee Viola Davis (The Help), Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and more play the cursed denizens of the small-town in this supernatural love story.]]>
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The story is original, and it is not just another Twilight. I have a wife and daughter who love the Twilight thing and I was forced to watch every one of them against my will. I would take this story over those any day.
So for you who have not read the books.....watch the movie with an open mind and enjoy.
I was warned that the acting was going to be over-the-top and campy, so I actually appreciated the acting. It is never a bad experience to see Emma Thompson on screen, and this is no different. Also, the male lead (Alden Ehrenreich) is really good, adding a surprising amount of depth to what could have been a simple character.
The story was somewhat cookie-cutter, but veered off the path enough that it was as intriguing as the trailer teased.
I know I'm always critical of the score of a movie, but this one was bad. In fact, it was almost on the level of Eragon, which was another Jeremy Irons movie.
Viola Davis was ridiculously out of place. Almost every scene she's in feels awkward. If she doesn't start picking better movies to suit her style, she's going to go the way of Kevin Costner (i.e. an actor with accolades that now lives in obscurity). There was a scene involving the town library that was so confusing and forced.
One of the main message of the film is that 'Small Towns have Small Minds.Read more ›
I have spent 95 percent of my life in various small towns in various southern states; I grew up in the Deep South, and I can tell you for a fact that Gatlin, the supposed South Carolina town in this movie, is completely foreign to me. "Beautiful Creatures" managed to pack so many stereotypes into the first five minutes, I wanted to gag. It didn't get any better as the film progressed.
I have never met anyone who even vaguely resembles the "southern Christians" in the movie, who are portrayed as closed-minded, bigoted, nasty, and downright stupid. Every single one appears this way, with the exception of Amma, who is something of a "seer". The kindest people I know are from the Deep South; they are people who will stop in the pouring rain or 100 degree temperatures to help a stranger stuck at the side of the road push their car to the nearest gas station. I didn't appreciate seeing them mocked every other scene.
The schools were just as laughable and unrealistic. We are told that To Kill a Mockingbird is banned, along with most classics, for undisclosed reasons. To demonstrate how embattled Lena is, we are treated to the endless stupidity of the school mean girls (all of them wearing cross necklaces, of course). Everything that came out of their mouths started with "my mama said", and it was always something ugly. At one particularly ridiculous point, they start calling on God in the middle of class to bring down judgement on Lena, leading to the shattered window incident.Read more ›
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Love love love this movie. Watched a few years ago and only saw the last 20 minutes. I have watched it three times, my daughters love it and my action only boyfriend was glued to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Another favorite movie of mine! I love it and want to read the books after watching.Published 9 days ago by Devon Coopersmith
Not only LOVED the movie but also have read almost all the books in this series. Would highly recommend them both to anyone. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tami P.
I don't understand how I am just learning about this movie... and why wasn't another made? I loved it.Published 15 days ago by Beau James
Its kinda like the book, but Lena is so different from the books!Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
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