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Beautiful Creatures (DVD)

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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Beautiful Creatures flies into the otherworldly romantic sphere occupied by the Twilight films, Buffy, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood--even Charmed. Based on the best-selling young adult book by Kami Garcia, the film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures tells a romantic tale between two young people with mysterious, dark backgrounds--and more than one secret. The young stars, Alice Englert as Lena and Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan, to whom she's mysteriously drawn, have a sweet, believable chemistry. And because it's directed by pro Richard LaGravenese (the underrated but fabulous Living Out Loud, P.S. I Love You), Beautiful Creatures is blessed with high production values; a quick, satisfying pace; and a supporting cast to die for (maybe literally). Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Jeremy Irons, especially, seem to be enjoying themselves immensely as titular grownups in a teenage love story. This cast--and Lena's unexpected but badass supernatural power--all help add up to a delicious guilty pleasure. Beautiful Creatures shines with much more polish than some of the Twilight films, but carries just as much dramatic yearning. As well it should. --A.T. Hurley


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  • Actors: Viola Davis, Emma Thompson
  • Directors: Richard LaGravenese
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,036 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009AMAGQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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123 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on May 27, 2013
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I'm a 31 year old avid reader. I loved Harry Potter, Twilight, Mortal Instruments, and Hunger Games all which became movies. Movies never live up to the novels, yet usually I still enjoy seeing how the books are adapted even if the acting is poor or some of my favorite parts have to be cut. Seeing the rating of this movie almost kept me from renting it, but then I read the reviews. Almost all of the bad reviews were people who were disappointed it didn't keep with the original story line. Well I never read the book, so I didn't know what I was missing. I was captivated beginning to end. Yes, I did notice a bad southern accent at the beginning, which I probably wouldn't have noticed if another review hadn't pointed that out. And yes there is a scene where she pours tea and obviously nothing comes out of the pot and the cup is empty. But I only noticed those things because I was looking for them based on other reviews. Within 10 minutes I had forgotten the reviews and didn't notice any other "little" thing, because the story was captivating and fun. A great coming of age story. Just like Harry Potter has to chose to use his magic for good or evil or like Edward Cullen's has to struggle against his vampire instincts, the main character struggles between good and evil and who she really is and what good and evil mean. It's a beautiful story full of love, and awesome fantasy. A must see for any fantasy freak such as myself!
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198 of 238 people found the following review helpful By PD on May 23, 2013
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Personally I can't stand the 1 star "I read the book first and the movie sucked" crowd. Get over it. Movies cannot flow like books and keep a audience's attention, and they certainly cannot do books justice in the time frame given. I guess if you read something and a movie comes out about it either get over the fact it will not do the book justice, or don't go see it. Either way spare us of your negative, biased, and unwarranted reviews.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Thompson on March 20, 2013
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The preview made this movie look like a cute love story - boy meets girl with a secret. While there were some great special effects (the spinning table stands out) and the plot was okay, the thinly veiled attacks on small towns and southern Christians left a bitter taste in my mouth.

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.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Israel Soria on March 21, 2013
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As soon as I saw the trailer I bought the book and I fell in love with it. Of course the movie was completely different from the book but the movie was still good. I loved it it was enjoyable and entertaining
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2013
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t seems that every studio is trying to replicate the success of the Twilight Saga at the box office by adapting a teen-supernatural-romance into a film franchise (fun fact, that will make you lose faith in humanity: you can now find a 'Teen Paranormal Romance' section in your local Barnes & Nobles). I can't blame them. The first movie only cost $37 million to make and made...wait for it...$392 million worldwide. I saw the first three Twilight movies at the urging of my mother, and I will never get those 2 hours back. I despise all of the ones I've seen. They are awful cinema, bad romance, and sparkly. However, I was intrigued by Beautiful Creatures, both by the story and the actors involved.

THE GOOD
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.

THE BAD
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.
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