|Title: Beautiful Creatures|
|Director: Richard LaGravenese|
|Actors: Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons|
|Elements: Casters, small Southern town|
|Series: Potentially the first in a series, if it does well at the box office|
When newcomer Lena Duchannes arrives in the small town of Gatlin, she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead-end town. He quickly gets more than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that have long kept her at a distance from others in her life.
Lena and Ethan are drawn together, but their budding romance is threatened by the dangers posed by Lena’s being a Caster and her family’s Dark powers, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.
I wasn’t too enamored of the book (review here), finding it slow and overly-detailed despite the lush descriptions. The movie adaptation trims away all the excess baggage, and it results in a fast-paced, heart-thumping if humourous romance.
There’s some beautiful cinematography, quickly establishing the tone early on in the movie as Ethan jogs all across the small town. Many moments were spent lingering on the sets, which made for a beautiful movie, but came across as extravagant especially when it came to Ravenwood. Clearly no expense was spared, for the manor had lush exterior and interior decorations.
Perhaps unintentionally, the movie came across as hilarious in scenes that were meant to be serious. Take this scene in particular, where viewers are led to believe that Lean is going dark, complete with extra coats of mascara and a generous helping of eyeliner, along with a fabulously wicked black gown–only to find that Lena was just being moody. The actual point of that scene was quickly lost in the buildup.
Englert’s moody, grumpy portrayal of Lena was unlike the mental image of Lena I had; her sassiness was delightful. The gradual softening of her rough edges was one to behold, making for some poignant scenes. Ehrenreich’s Ethan was definitely the best part of the movie. He was just so freaking dorky and unselfconscious, offsetting the darker tones and capturing every scene he was in. If I wasn’t a fan when I sat down to watch the movie, I sure was by the time the movie ended.
Ethan and Lena’s romance was one that I enjoyed tremendously. It’s one that questions the theme of love and sacrifice, good and bad. The actors’ chemistry was like a slow-burning flame, and I was fully rooting for them by the end. Buoyed by an acclaimed group of supporting cast and a refreshing romance, this movie is one to catch. Though I came for the likes of Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum, by the end of the movie, I was itching for the sequel.
Up for grabs is a signed copy of Beautiful Darkness, which was signed by Margaret Stohl when she came to Singapore in December 2011. Thanks to our generous sponsors at Shaw Organisation, there are FIVE sets of movie premiums to be won. Each set consists of a shirt, sketchbook, compact and a full sized movie poster.
Yes, you can enter both contests.
You can get extra entries and through the entries listed in the Rafflecopter widgets below. The contest is open to SINGAPORE addresses only, and ends on 26 February. All the best!