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New Beautiful Creatures featurette wants to fill the Twilight void in your heart

Jan. 23, 2013by: Joey Keeton

Look, it's easy to compare BEAUTIFUL CREATURES to Twilight, seeing as how both are based on teen fiction fantasy series that involve supernatural happenings getting all up in the grill of Young Love, and especially with writer/director Richard LaGravenese saying in the below featurette that it's "an adventure, but, most of all, a love story". That said, let's look at a few things the film has in its favor...

First, there's the guy that provided the unfortunate quote above: Richard LaGravenese. His past directorial work may not jump out at you, but his screenplay efforts include THE FISHER KING, THE REF, and the "too gay" for Hollywood Steven Soderbergh flick BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Yes, those first two flicks are from quite far back, but if Soderbergh liked one of his recent works enough to decide to direct it, I think that's a pretty good endorsement of the guy's potential writing quality on this project.

Second, there's the impressive cast, with Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, and Emma Thompson all throwing their acting chops into the mix. Personally, I'd have watched the entire Twilight series if they'd all had Jeremy Irons in them, and Emma Thompson is so damn classy that she makes me feel classy while watching her act, and I'm a person that typically has clearly visible food stains on his shirt.

Third, Alcon Entertainment bought the rights to this series in 2009, and has been sitting on them/quietly developing the project ever since then, which is a big deal when you consider that the original Twilight came out of that crack in the bottom of the ocean's floor (as seen in the Pacific Rim trailer) and hit theaters in 2009. If the producers were only interested in cashing in on the Twilight trend, I assume they'd have fast tracked this thing long ago and gotten it into theaters no later than 2011. The fact that they've been developing it for four years, now, is a sign that maybe, hopefully, it isn't horrible.

So, before you preemptively judge this movie (like I did in this article's title), it's worth considering that it might turn out to be a fun, or at least not thematically offensive, trip to the movies. Either way, we'll all find out if Warner's got the Next Big Tween Thing on their hands when it hits theaters on February 14th, which some folks also refer to as "Valentine's Day".

Extra Tidbit: I gotta say, i wiki'd the novel's plot, and... not bad. Kinda cool, actually.
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3:57PM on 01/23/2013
Polly says no.
Polly says no.
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3:56PM on 01/23/2013
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1:42PM on 01/23/2013

My wife will force me to watch this, so it better be good.

I'm gonna trust you, but not because I want to. Literally anything will be better than the Twilight films, which I've been forced to watch, at least twice a month, for the last several years. God help me, please let this movie be the cinematic equivalent of methadone to Twilight's "own personal brand of Heroin." May god have mercy on my soul, I didn't have to look up that quote to remember it. May the ghost of Robert Altman rest peacefully.
I'm gonna trust you, but not because I want to. Literally anything will be better than the Twilight films, which I've been forced to watch, at least twice a month, for the last several years. God help me, please let this movie be the cinematic equivalent of methadone to Twilight's "own personal brand of Heroin." May god have mercy on my soul, I didn't have to look up that quote to remember it. May the ghost of Robert Altman rest peacefully.
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1:29PM on 01/23/2013
I sort of lost faith in it when the second trailer came out, and she's not a witch, she's "a castor," which only bothers me because it just sounds like a more pretentious name for a witch. But this thing does have a pretty good cast, including Alden Ehrenreich, who impressed me in Tetro, and the Southern Gothic look is pretty cool.
I sort of lost faith in it when the second trailer came out, and she's not a witch, she's "a castor," which only bothers me because it just sounds like a more pretentious name for a witch. But this thing does have a pretty good cast, including Alden Ehrenreich, who impressed me in Tetro, and the Southern Gothic look is pretty cool.
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1:00PM on 01/23/2013

Looks stupid

Another teen romance. Hoping A Good Day to Die Hard kills it
Another teen romance. Hoping A Good Day to Die Hard kills it
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4:24PM on 01/23/2013
Given how audiences are watching films of late, that might get flipped around.
Given how audiences are watching films of late, that might get flipped around.
12:45PM on 01/23/2013
I think it looks interesting. I have to watch anything that Jeremy Irons is in. He's a great actor.
I think it looks interesting. I have to watch anything that Jeremy Irons is in. He's a great actor.
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11:57AM on 01/23/2013
I'm reading the book now and it isn't bad. The plot is involving and the writing is actually pretty decent. It has a problem of dragging things out to the point it gets a bit tedious but I like the characters and I want to see what is going to happen next!

I'm actually pretty excited for this movie.
I'm reading the book now and it isn't bad. The plot is involving and the writing is actually pretty decent. It has a problem of dragging things out to the point it gets a bit tedious but I like the characters and I want to see what is going to happen next!

I'm actually pretty excited for this movie.
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11:40AM on 01/23/2013
This looks fairly campy and awful, but maybe in a 'so bad it's fun' kind of way. Interesting how the first trailer made Emma Thompson look like a non-magical religious zealot, but now all of the promotional material is pushing her as the main villain with super powers. I imagine that was supposed to be a 'big reveal' in the movie, but was spoiled by the marketing team.
This looks fairly campy and awful, but maybe in a 'so bad it's fun' kind of way. Interesting how the first trailer made Emma Thompson look like a non-magical religious zealot, but now all of the promotional material is pushing her as the main villain with super powers. I imagine that was supposed to be a 'big reveal' in the movie, but was spoiled by the marketing team.
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