Director: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Alice Englert, Viola Davis
If there was an Academy Award for optimism, the recipients would doubtlessly be the producers of Beautiful Creatures, for picking up a novel which is basically a rehash of Twilight and believing they could transform it into a successful movie.
Set in a small town in South Carolina, there’s a new girl at school who’s an outcast and looked down upon. Enter a boy – they meet, fall in love and then he discovers she’s a caster (someone that can cast spells). He meets her strange family – but ultimately they can’t be together as she’s immortal and he isn’t (although this didn’t seem to bother Darrin and Samantha in TV’S Bewitched). All just too similar to Twilight – just minus the vampires and wolves, bring in the casters and make the boy the mortal.
Obviously aimed at the teenage market, these “beautiful creatures” are undeniably unappealing and devoid of any beauty whatsoever. There’s also no chemistry between the two leads, especially the boy who was badly cast. They are unknown actors playing unimpressionable characters in a movie which is uninteresting and dull. Bring into the equation some bad editing, bad photography and plenty of silly dialogue spoken in that annoying South Carolina accent and the end result is a movie which is unimpressive and excruciating to watch. What possessed Emma Thompson & Jeremy Irons to partake in this? An inflated pay packet or perhaps dwindling work offers?
Twilight was the dullest in that series, but Beautiful Creatures pales in comparison. The ending suggests there’s scope for further movies but those few teeny boppers who actually enjoyed it shouldn’t get too excited, as plans for a sequel have been permanently shelved owing to its less than spectacular performance at the all important US box office. JAKE