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Beautiful Creatures
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May 16, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Richard Lagravenese

Actors:
Alden Ehrenreich
Alice Englert
Jeremy Irons

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
High school romantic Ethan (Ehrenreich) and "caster" Lena (Englert) learn about love and their pasts in this fantasy based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's young adult novel.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Gatlin, South Carolina is the kind of town with twelve times the number of churches than libraries, where Civil War reenactments end with the South as victors. High schooler Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich, Twixt) finds it a necessity to get out and make something of himself, maybe then he’ll find the girl of his literal dreams.

That would be Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert, Giner & Rosa), who steps out of his dreams and into his first period class. Ethan immediately falls for the brunette, but the rest of the bible-thumping student body suspects devil worshipping and witchcraft.

They might be onto something, as it’s soon revealed that Lena is the niece of the reclusive Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), who the source novel’s official website describes as “Gatlin’s boogeyman…a man with secrets.”

Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S., I Love You, Conviction), Beautiful Creatures is based on the young adult fantasy-romance novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl who, like Stephanie Meyer, turned their works into an entire profitable series.

It will undoubtedly appeal to the Twilight crowd, who will root for the forbidden love and swoon over all two hundred of the cornball lines (Ethan admitting his conversation is weak: “That was a dead-end on a road to nowhere…I must have missed the exit to ‘interesting.’”). They will also be too distracted by the Southern accents, moody settings/set pieces and supernatural elements to recall any of the dropped names (from Bukowski and Vonnegut to Jane Austen and Boo Radley) after the movie’s over.

The leads have a great chemistry that the target audience may not relate to, but will still daydream about. Although just as flat and insufferable, Ethan and Lena don’t have the same marketing appeal as Edward and Bella. But they’re a decent enough substitute to hold over the Twi-hards until they get their petition for a fifth installment in order.

THE EXTRAS
Book to Screen (3:58) looks at the task of adapting the popular book into a big-screen movie.

The Casters (3:22) goes deeper into the difference between the Light and Dark versions of the species.

Between Two Worlds (4:17) notes the role that the town of Gatlin plays in the story.

Forbidden Romance (3:12) explores the relationship and love between Ethan and Lena.

Alternate Worlds (5:17) devotes its time to the special effects of Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes (3:51) looks at the work of costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, who has also worked on such films as Inception, Ocean’s Eleven and Bullets Over Broadway, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Deleted Scenes: There are four here, which can only be viewed separately: “Ridley Entices Link,” “Ethan Calls on Emily,” “Caster Party,” and “Movie Theater.”

Trailers

Also included are a DVD Copy and UltraViolet.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Twilight fans may not love the young adult fantasy-romance Beautiful Creatures as much as Warner Bros. wants them to, but its one-dimensional leads and supernatural elements may be a decent enough substitute for those still missing Edward and Bella. Special features include a handful of making-of featurettes and deleted scenes.
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