Now that the Twilight Saga and Harry Potter franchises have come to a close and we still have six months before Catching Fire hits theaters, there has been a huge hole in our fantasy romance loving hearts. Enter stage right Warner Brothers new film Beautiful Creatures based off the YA novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Beautiful Creatures tells the story for Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes (played by relative new comers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert), who like Edward and Bella are star crossed lovers that know they shouldn’t be together but yet have no choice but to try. Ethan is a mortal who has been dreaming of the same girl for months and Lena is a Caster (aka witch) who has been dreaming of a strange boy for months, they meet when Lena moves to Gatlin, South Carolina to live with her reclusive Uncle Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons). In the caster world, female casters are claimed for either the light or dark on the 16th birthday, but for Lena she doesn’t get a choice due to events that date back to the Civil War put a curse on her family. If she wants to stay with Ethan, Lena must find a way to break the curse.
I first saw the trailer for Beautiful Creatures during The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the trailer was compelling enough to get to read the book (which was followed by me reading the rest of the books) and while I didn’t get the same obsessive “I must read this again” feeling I got with Twilight, I found the book well written and a good story, so how did the movie compare?
Overall Beautiful Creatures as a film captured the spirit of the story, a few changes were made but nothing that left me going WTH. The casting is what impressed me with newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert cast as the leads they encompassed the roles perfectly and with veteran actors Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine), and Viola Davis (Amma) the cast was rounded out nicely. The role I was hoping to see more of was that of Lena’s cousin Ridley Duchannes played the fabulous Emmy Rossum, whose role was cut down to just a few scenes.
Does Beautiful Creatures fill that fantasy romance hole, not fully but then again this is not Twilight, Beautiful Creatures stands on its own two feet and shouldn’t be compared. There are four books total in the “Caster Chronicles”, but there is no word on if this will be a stand alone film or if WB will continue with the series. Beautiful Creatures was released on February 14th and is still playing in theaters nationwide.
Final verdict: A good story, Go See It.