Movie Review and Contest: Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Loved it
Graded
Genre: Fantasy
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.


Contest time!

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.

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  11 comments for “Movie Review and Contest: Beautiful Creatures

  1. Anonymous
    Monday, 18 February 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Liked the movie!
    Thank youuuu! :*

  2. Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Is it already showing? Man, I AM SO KETINGALLAN ZAMAN :(

    • Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 11:02 PM

      YES. get yourself to the nearest cinema, stat!

  3. Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Haven’t watched the movie, but from what I’ve been hearing, it’s a pretty great movie. :)

  4. Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I haven’t had a chance to watch it but believe me when I say I’m going to watch it soon! I’m actually looking forward to watching it even though I haven’t read the book. Read from your review that the manor was impressive and I look forward to seeing it! (And the characters of course!)

  5. Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Oh, I’m so glad you liked the film–I wasn’t a huge fan of the book either, but I thought the movie might be more fun. No need to enter me in the giveaway, but how cool you have such awesome prizes to give away to your readers!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 11:10 PM

      It’s definitely more fun. most importantly, the characters aren’t as mopey as in the book, ha! :)

      Thank you, Shaw Org is fab. ;)

  6. Thursday, 21 February 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I think I will. It’s been getting decent reviews and I’m curious. I haven’t read the books since I’ve heard very mixed things, but a movie is usually less painful if I don’t like it.

  7. Anonymous
    Friday, 22 February 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Loved the books! Liked the movie! Awesome giveaway! Hope I win! :)

  8. Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Haven’t read the books nor watched the movie, but I’m going to do all I can to read the books first! Great movie review btw and thanks for the giveaway (:

  9. Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Yet to read the book nor watch the movie, but after hearing you talking about the movie and how funny a certain part was, I do wanna watch and read it soon! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!!

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