Beautiful Creatures

2013 • 123 minutes
4.2
2.26K reviews
47%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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A strange recurring dream haunts Ethan Wate in his sleep, but he prefers anything to his waking life. Trapped in a small, conservative Southern town with his withdrawn father, Ethan desperately wants to escape. Then the beautiful Lena Duchannes arrives at his school, and mysterious events begin to occur. Lena has a secret: She is a Caster with powers beyond her control. Worse, when she reaches her 16th birthday, she will be claimed by either the Light or the Dark...and there is no escaping her fate in this supernatural love story based on the best-selling book series.
Rating
PG-13
4.2
2.26K reviews
Belle Preiss
May 11, 2018
LOVED THIS MOVIE....IT IS PURE MAGIC. Again....PURE MAGIC. (!!!) AND I DID READ THE BOOKS! The thing is, anytime you go into a movie expecting it to be JUST like whatever book it is based on, you are setting yourself up...duuuhhhhhh!! Movies ARE NOT BOOKS. (Like, hello?! Cant believe i have to point this out). Gone with the Wind wasnt like the book, (at all...), The Lord of the Rings movies were not "like the books", "Dorian Gray" was not like the book, "I am Number Four" was not "like the BOOK", etc. Etc. As a MOVIE, Beautiful Creatures had me hooked from the opening scene. Why? 1) The narration was IMMEDIATELY engaging and pulled you right in, 2) the cinematography was beautiful, (oh, that scene of ethan running through that line of trees on the horizon at dawn...breathtaking) 3) the locations and settings (i.e., town main street, the cemetery, Ethans house, etc) in those opening scenes were totally as I would imagine they should be from reading the books (note that I didnt say "its not like it was in the books", because everyone's IMAGINATIVE INTERPRETATION of what locations described in the book "should" look like is going to be DIFFERENT!), 4) the character of Ethan as played by Ehrenreich (now the new Han Solo) was funny, engaging, immediately likeable and totally believable, and... 5) that AMAZING MUSICAL SCORE, so lush and mysterious, with a taste of southern bluesy-ness, added the cherry on top of the cake that is this entire movie. I am usually DONE with any movie once Ive watched it once, but this one had such delicious magic in it, that I actually watched it TWICE, and then went out and purchased it so I could re-watch it whenever. This movie has DEPTH....THE MAIN CHARACTERS HAVE DEPTH, AUTHENTICITY, LIKEABILITY, RELATABILITY, and you just root for them from the get-go. The settings are lush and beautiful, and the actors (yes, Jeremy Irons included, and especially the amazing VIOLA DAVIS) do a fantastic job of acting exactly as they are supposed to! IVE SEEN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, (good, not great), TWILIGHT (uughhh - SO bad!!), I AM NUMBER FOUR, (pretty entertaining), have watched The Vampire Diaries after reading All of THOSE books, and THIS MOVIE IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. CANNOT GIVE IT ENOUGH STARS.
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Lucia Damiana
March 9, 2014
The books were sooo good but the movie not so good. I mean I liked it and I want them too make all of the books into movies but really I think they rushed through it. For example they left out a lot of characters, hired bad actors that didn't match the characters in the book exept for ethan,lena,the dog, sarafine and macon the rest were bad especialy ridly she didn't look any thing like she did in the book. They also left out a buntch of things and just didn't fallow the srory line. DISAPIONTING
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Tajo LaBeef
May 26, 2013
I read all the books. Was super excited for the movie. Most movies take some liberty with the plot and so on-this was a complete piece of dirt waste of time and money for all parties involved. Beyond horrible casting and acting jeremy irons let me down and i had to read the book again to get this trashout if my mind.If i could rate lower than 1 star i would have. Giant disappointment for book fans.
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