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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Alice Englert
Alden Ehrenreich
Viola Davis
Emma Thompson
Jeremy Irons
Emmy Rossum
Thomas Mann
Margo Martindale
JD Evermore.
Directors
Richard LaGravenese.
Screenwriters
Richard LaGravenese.
Running Time
124 minutes

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Beautiful Creatures
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Plot
Ethan (Ehrenreich) is having dreams about a girl he’s never met and longing to leave his Southern small town home. When Lina (Englert) arrives in school he’s immediately drawn to her – but Lina and her family, led by reclusive Uncle Macon (Irons), hide dangerous secrets...


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Beautiful Creatures
The course of true love never did run smooth, particularly for teenagers and especially when one has a supernatural secret. This time, it’s witchcraft – or in the film’s parlance, “casting” – rather than, say, vampirism, but there’s a curse to spice up the small town soap of this novel adaptation.

The film has followed the familiar formula of casting unknown leads in Ehrenreich and Englert, both fine, and surrounding them with serious actors cashing in – Davis, Thompson and Irons – but sticks too closely to the book’s complicated and overlong plot. Lacking in action and not quite charming enough to compensate, this falls a little flat.


Verdict
Had this adaptation of the young adult fantasy-romance taken a few more liberties, it might have been a home run.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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beautiful creatures review

i completely hated this movie it totally ruined the books, alot of stuff from the books was either changed or cut out from the movie which just made me hate it more, the only good thing about this movie is emma thompsons pure awesum acting talent other than that this movie completly blows, sucks major ass!!! ... More

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Posted by king of the empire at 14:48, 19 February 2013 | Report This Post


Lives up to expectations beautifully

Ah I had very low expectations of this film when I saw the trailer like the years following Harry Potter's Debut now everyone is looking for the next Twilight. And it has met those low expectations by the sounds of things I'll never know for sure because I'll never pay to see this trash but at least if it sucks that bad we can rule out the inevitable sequels that would have followed and can get on with our lives while Hollywood moves on to find the next cash cow and we all wait for a film from a... More

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Posted by Fallen Giant at 12:56, 17 February 2013 | Report This Post


I thought the humour compensated

Found it quite funny throughout to make up for the lame plotting. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 21:49, 16 February 2013 | Report This Post


All about Emma

Saw this last night (read dragged by wife to see it) and I actually enjoyed it. True it has major flaws; poor accents, average attractive lead characters and lack of knowing what style to go for, but it's saving grace is Emma Thompson who is simply amazing in it. Why she doesn't play evil more often is a mystery. It's not as soppy as Twilight, but still had an edgyness to it to set it apart from other comparisons. Give it a go, it's good fun, especially for the church and brownie scenes alone,... More

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