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Plot: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 13 Feb 2013
Get over the book appreciate the MOVIE (by wardlahr)
First off, how many times do people get let down going in to movies expecting them to be like the movies??? Get over it! The movie was great...the main characters were great actors and had great chemistry. I personally loved the movie. I actually liked it more than i thought, which is a good surprise for me. I knew id like it, but i liked it so much more! I really hope they continue to make movies from this series whether or not they follow the books. A good movie is a good movie...so all u disturbed book series followers get ur panties out a wad nd learn to appreciate great young actors and <more>
their hard work to make entertaining movies. For those looking for a good fantasy movie with love, action, and funny moments, this is the movie for you. It was good beginning to end.
I was waiting for this move to come out into theaters since i first saw the coming attractions on television. While waiting for the movie to start I was excited but definitely was not expecting what was to come. I find that this movie has everything i was looking for. I love that it really was a drama, fantasy, and romance movie all in one. I think that it may be a little more appropriate for teens, which i am. Beautiful Creatures is about teen love and everything that comes along with it, and then a little extra thrown in. It was easy to relate to the characters and to get caught up in the <more>
movie. I would watch this movie over and over again. i hope they come out with a second <3
based on the novel- doesn't mean the book was followed. (by brand_toby)
If you read the novel their is a good chance you won't like the movie. In Hollywood when they say "based on a movie." That does not imply that they followed the book. In fact often times for movie play time reasons, as well as other reasons, they will base a movie on the idea from the book and use some of those ideas, but not follow it.This movie was fantastic and well written. The story was intriguing and kept me wanting more. As I said if you go or went thinking it would be like the novel, one could assume you don't see many movies based on novels. Creatively done and I <more>
enjoyed it. To those who rated it low because its not like the book have to have an imagination and lower expectations that any movie "based" on a book will usually not follow the book. open your eyes to the creativeness of this movie and the beauty of it.
OK so I postponed watching this movie due to the harsh comments it had gotten from many people about how it wasn't worth watching and I have to say I completely disagree with them! I watched this movie and loved the story and will admit even got sad/happy at points following the characters growth and change in the movie. It took me to a place that I had never thought about and I will say that, that is something when there are so many movies out these days. For those who give it crap for not being like the book I do have to say that look at most any book to movie series i.e Harry <more>
Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games there are things that have to be left out or reworked in order for a movie to go through it will never be EXACTLY the same. Some things just don't work in the movie world. Again I loved this movie and would love to see a sequel come out of it. Yes I do plan on reading the book anyways.
Oh the people who bemoan a movie because it's not like the book. Let's be honest, that's almost impossible when a book is read and brought to life by the readers imagination. I usually find that if a viewer wants it to be exactly like a book .... their imagination is lacking. This movie takes the essence and gives it form and beautifully too.Take this movie for what it is and enjoy. A playful spin on the closed minds of a small highly religious town that have no concept or acceptance of anything new or different. Beautiful to look at, wonderful to listen to. The script is nutshell <more>
tight and quick witted .... my favorite line?"I pray, each night, that you will NOT be going to hell""Oh, I'll be going to Hell .... via New York"It isn't Twilight and shouldn't even be compared to it. For starters, the acting's good and it's subtle enough to actually be believable.Reminded me of The Lovely Bones, and this is sharp and intelligent but for me it was the script that thrilled. A very snappy movie that was well worth the 117 minutes of my time.
I don't think people are rating this movie fairly... I personally thought it was good. The graphics were awesome, especially when the table started spinning, and Everyone was just sitting there not doing anything like Ridley's mum saying don't make me get up from this table, Larkin continuing to eat his food as if nothing was happening LMAO, it was so funny, amazingly awesome, and a great scene, Lena throwing Ridley out of the house with her magic...GREAT! And through it all, Ethan just kept coming back for more! I found it weird we never saw Ethan's father... Also how is it <more>
possible when referring to the whole true love theory that Ethan could forget he loved Lena? One thing I didn't like, was how we were left with so many unanswered questions at the end .... Like what exactly happened to Lena at the end? We see her with one eye like Ridley's .... What the heck was that????! And there's definitely gonna be a sequel, especially the way that they ended the movie... I didn't like who they chose for the 2 main actors, Lena & Ethan, they could've been much more attractive!!!! Emmy Rossum who played Ridley, was by far the BEST actress & the best part of this film, in my opinion. I will definitely be seeing the sequel, and I definitely give this film 2 thumbs up....
Coming from someone who hasn't read the book (by animalmad18)
The story has an original premise in that's it has a fairly familiar ideas witches and magic - one of the oldest subjects for stories - strange kid moves into town and changes everything, secrets about the town are unveiled etc. but the focus is on how the caster girl's powers affect her and her feelings of being outcast all her life, and the story revolves around a teen romance with a twist.I went to see the film expecting to follow Lena, the caster girl who is struggling with the powers of light and dark inside her, but was pleasantly surprised to see the story was generally <more>
told from the point of view of her love interest Ethan, the 'normal' boy who falls for the outsider when everyone else shuns her. He's a very likable character, clearly passionate and compassionate, and has a good sense of humour that provides fresh light on the sometimes dark story matter.It was also a bit creepier than I expected. There is conflict between the light and dark casters, as well as these elements within the characters, fighting for supremacy - danger and fear run through the film, and you will be surprised more than once.Personally I found this film really entertaining, though I understand many fans are unhappy with the adaptation and I'm considering reading the books myself. I thought it offered everything, humour, action, fear, a sweet romance, a healthy dose of magic - and it's fresh! This is a solid, quality young adult movie.
"Claim the light. Claim the dark. Claim it all!" (by doug_park2001)
A common criticism of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is that it doesn't do justice to the original novel, which is often the case when the book is really good. I had not read the book prior to watching this but am now eager to do so.Regardless, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is vividly filmed with good performances by Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emmy Rossum, Rachel Brosnahan, and just about everyone else. Another frequent complaint seems to be that there is not enough in the magic/special effects department: True, but the relative sparseness here adds a necessary realism and highlights what spectactics <more>
the film does have. The townspeople of Gatlin, South Carolina, are stereotypical Bible-thumping yokel-rubes, but that serves its purpose in the way it contrasts Lena Englert , who is just about the only character who does not speak in a deep-southern accent. It also helps in how Ethan Ehrenreich and his buddy Link Thomas Mann completely defy their hickish appearances. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES captures the whole Southern Gothic tradition quite well. One way or another, the relationships in this film are very real. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES also walks the thin horror-comedy line most admirably.On the dimmer end of things, the whole texture of the film is a little slow and murky, and it would probably have been a little better with a few minutes cut here and there.
A heady brew of love, suspense and excitement that is as beautiful an adaptation as you can get (by moviexclusive)
Comparisons to the much-beloved / much-vilified 'Twilight' franchise are understandable, but 'Beautiful Creatures' – the latest young-adult literature sensation to be given the big screen treatment – is so much better than any of the 'Twilight' movies. More than just another teen supernatural romance set in a small town, it is more accurately a Romeo- and-Juliet love story told against a Southern Gothic backdrop complete with witches or 'casters' as they prefer to call themselves here , enchantments, spirits and some good ol' family mystery.Whereas the <more>
'Twilight' films had been too timid to please the fanbase built on the Stephanie Meyer books, writer/ director Richard LaGravenese shows little hesitation in compressing and condensing both dialogue and characters in order that his film boast the aesthetics of a motion picture – as opposed to a visual representation of the book. Fans of the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl however can rest easy – at the heart of LaGravenese's story is still the swoon-worthy romance between the bookish yet sensitive Ethan Alden Ehrenreich and the mysteriously beguiling Lena Alice Englert .At the very least, LaGravenese has retained Ethan as the narrator of the story, introducing us at the start to the fictional South Carolina community of Gatlin which Ethan finds himself trapped in. There where its denizens love their Civil-war re-enactments "They keep re-enacting the Civil War like it's gonna come out different," says Ethan , our protagonist dreams of the day when he gets to uproot himself from the town – although more recently, he has had a different kind of dream, where a girl appears as if in a Civil War-era period along with a lone tree set against a plain meadow.When Lena turns up one day in his high school, Ethan immediately recognises her as the girl of his dreams, and despite the ostracision of his fellow Bible-thumping classmates who see her and her Ravenwood family clan as devil-worshippers, falls hard and fast for Lena. Both quickly bond over banned books like the works of Charles Bukowski , but the greatest test to their fervid romance is Lena's inevitable coming- of-age at her sixteenth birthday. Turns out that the superstitious townsfolk aren't wrong – Lena belongs to a long line of Ravenwood 'casters', and will either be claimed by the darkness or the light depending on the true inclinations of her soul.Those not familiar with the novel will be surprised at the amount of material that LaGravenese has to cram within the two-hour duration of the movie, including but not limited to the proclivities of Lena's family members – namely, her uncle Macon Jeremy Irons , vampy cousin Ridley Emmy Rossum , and her very mother Sarafine Emma Thompson – as well as an age-old curse that binds the fates of the Wate family with that of the Ravenwood. Even so, there will be those who feel that LaGravenese had been ruthless in dropping some of the characters from the book, though as a neophyte to the story, we can reassure you that it all makes for a much tighter and ultimately engaging film.It is to LaGravanese's credit that the movie never feels as heavy as its source material. The mystery central to Ethan and Lena's destinies unfolds at a rivetingly suspenseful pace, its telling made even more spellbinding with evocative locations from production designer Richard Sherman and beautiful cinematography courtesy of Philippe Rousselot . Its characters never feel false, each of them well sketched out with their own agendas and secrets. And at the heart of it all, the romance between Ethan and Lena never feels hackneyed, as LaGravenese forgoes sappy proclamations of love with sharp snappy lines packed with plenty of pop-culture references did you know there was a Finale Destination 6? .The veteran filmmaker also proves to have a keen eye for casting, with none of the actors – young or old – hitting a wrong note with their respective characters. Ehrenreich may not be the most handsome teenage actor around, but he has a spirited charm that is naturally appealing. The same can be said of Englert, daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion, who effuses spark and spunk as Lena and shares an effortlessly winning chemistry with Ehrenreich as they relate as two teenagers who find their soulmates in each other.But if all that adolescent love seems too lightweight to you, the presence of Irons, Thompson and Viola Davis should be more than enough to lend the movie the gravity you are looking for. In particular, Irons brings class and elegance to the picture as the debonair uncle with edge and menace, while Thompson gleefully relishes the chance to camp it up as both the town's most conservative church lady and the most fearsome dark-caster.And with 'Beautiful Creatures', LaGravenese demonstrates how it is possible for a movie to shrug off the limitations of its word-bound source material and become something that can be enjoyed by more than just its built-in fanbase. Of course, purists might still be upset by the creative decisions that LaGravenese has taken with the book, but hey that's precisely the reason why the 'Twilight' films have been ridiculed. Those open for a more elemental retelling of the mythology, as well as those who have no clue what 'Beautiful Creatures' this movie purports to contain, will find that this blend of supernatural teenage romance and Southern Gothic mystery is a potent brew that is hip, witty, amusing, romantic and thrilling all at the same time.