Beautiful Creatures (Blu-ray+DVD)
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When newcomer Lena Duchannes arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town. He quickly gets more than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that have long kept her at a distance from others in her life. Lena and Ethan are drawn together, but their budding romance is threatened by the dangers posed by Lena's being a Caster and her family's Dark powers, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.]]>
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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.
Ethan's a well-meaning teenager trying to shake free of the stifling normality of Gatlin, S.C. Lena's an outcast -- her family owns much of the town, is decidedly eccentric, and -- it is rumored -- have dark powers. In fact, Lena's a witch, or as they prefer to be called, a "caster," and forbidden to love a mortal lest the consequences be disastrous. She's also nearing her 16th birthday, when she, like other casters before her, will be claimed by either the Light or the Dark.
Despite the strenuous objections of Lena's extended family, who see Ethan as a distraction potentially keeping her from being claimed by the Light (or, in the case of Lena's mother, by the Dark), she and Ethan are drawn to each other by a connection they neither understand nor can deny. For good or ill, their fates are inextricably bound to each other.
Beautiful Creatures undoubtedly suffered from competition with mega-budget YA competition (Twilight, Hunger Games), which is unfortunate. This is not, nor was ever intended to be, a special effects laden blockbuster. It's just the opposite -- an intimate, beautifully crafted and acted film that captures the angst and humor of teenage love with the added complication of the conflict between mortals and casters.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun watch so perfect for teens. Who am I? How do I get out of this place? How does what has gone on before matter to me at 15?Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was nothing like the books! The books are amazing & I was just starting to read the 3rd one when I saw there was a move and without reading the reviews I went and rented... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Joseph
Excellent in every way I was thoroughly entertained, I will probably watch it a couple more times it was just my kind of moviePublished 13 days ago by Bobby
My son said he could not watch it on his PS4 - not sure what is wrong with the DVDPublished 1 month ago by Venus TCD
A modern fairy tale set in the conservative old south! If you like romantic comedies and happily-ever-after endings, you may like this 😅
(I've not read the book!)
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