Monday, February 25, 2013

Movie Review - Beautiful Creatures by Richard LaGravenese

Happy Monday!

Time for another movie review. Before review I would like to say, that I have not read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl yet, so there won’t be any comments to the series and the book Beautiful Creatures. I have the series on my TBR list and I am sure, I will pickit up soon.

 

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Production: Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 124 minutes
Starring: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thomson, Jeremy Irons, Alden Ehrenreich

Summary:
 
Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.




My review:

I had no expectations whatsoever when I went to see Beautiful Expectations, but I have to admit, that I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the visuals.

Screenplay:
As said, I haven’t read the book, but I really liked what I saw.

Meet Ethan a young man about to finish his high school. He wants nothing more than to leave the small town he lives. Everything changes when new student appears. Lena is very different from the righteous and religious girls who are very narrow minded and Ethan feels the pull towards Lena.
Lena is called a Satanist, but she is so much more than that – she is a caster who has less than 100 days to find out if she is good or evil. Lena and Ethan fall in love against all odds and Ethan is doing his best to support and protect Lena. They find out that their love is cursed and they throw themselves to a race against the time. Because time is running out and they need to find the solution before it’s too late.

I loved the twists and turns in the movie and that there was a balance between what’s good and evil. I loved the difference between Lena and Ethan and the dynamics between them; Ethan being all positive, encouraging and Lena being a darker personality searching for truth. The truth is surprising and that made the movie for me because it added to the quite simple love story. Young love was combined with Civil War, religion, magic – it all turned out nicely.

Directing, sets, visuals, soundtrack

The sets were amazing, starting from the place where the town was filmed to the interior of Lena’s house. When he outside setting were lush and breathtakingly beautiful, then the interior of the house and the library were the opposite – minimalistic, simple, yet very modern. When you add then special effects connected to the magic, then the visuals gave very strong support to the story. The visuals were beautiful and created a nice frame to the characters.
One other thing which I loved in the Beautiful Creature was the music! I think it was awesome that thenewno2 was participating as a composer!

Casting and the ensemble:

First of all, the actors who played main characters – Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich - did a great job! They were new faces for me and I think both of them will have significant futures in front of them. I think Alice Englert was a good choice because of her awkwardness and Ehrenreich gave such a shiny performance. It could have been little tacky and corny, but they nailed it with their talent.

I have always been a big fan of both Jeremy Irons and Emma Thomson and I truly enjoyed them in Beautiful Creatures. I absolutely loved Emma Thomson’s Seraphine and Jeremy Iron’s Ravenwood, they brought more matureness as a contrast to the freshness of young actors. Generally speaking, I think the devious and evil characters were the stronger part of the movie, they had spark and sassiness.

Generally:

Beautiful Creatures is a good fantasy movie with the necessary love story, magic, special effects and awesome music! There is excitement, tension and last but not least – good acting! Great entertaining!

5 Flowers!

4 stars out of 5.
 
Happy reading and movie watching!
 
 

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