BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (2013 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Beautiful Creatures—standing ovation—deserves kudos for a fully satisfying and beautiful storyline. It’s a fresh concept and uses a slant on the supernatural that doesn’t rely on the triteness of werewolves, vampires, witches, fortunetellers, warlocks, demons, and angels. We’re dealing with casters this time and it’s a fun explore. The film’s story is well supported with Alden Ehrenreich, one of our new additions to Hollywood. He’s got charisma and could perform in almost anything to which he is assigned. Emma Thompson, as usual, is perfect in her role. Jeremy Irons? Excellent. Alice Englert, another new addition to the acting pool, is good. She, with a little more work, will have an established career. The seasoned Viola Davis from The Help will always be that solid piece that makes everything else fall into place. This film will work for the child (10 and up) and adult. It’s interestingly presented.

Storyline

Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) meets Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) and finds she is a caster who needs to soon choose whether she will serve the dark side or the light side.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Richard LaGravenese for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Yolanda T. Cochran for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), Amma (Viola Davis), Ridley Duchannes (Emmy Rossum), Link (Thomas Mann), Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine (Emma Thompson), Gramma (Eileen Atkins), and Aunt Del (Margo Martindale).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s one of those sleeper films that needs age to ripen before it truly finds its pace and place. It has complete entertainment value for the child (ten and up), teen, and adult.

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