Release: February 14th 2013
Staring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Man and Emma Thompson
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Synopsis from IMDB.Com:
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.
It should be noted that I have not read the book.
Negative/I don’t get:
I felt like there was no Depth to the movie. The love story moved pretty fast (almost instantly after meeting twice). There could have been more revealed about Lena’s history and maybe even the castor history.
I personally thought the ending was weird. Now I get that there are multiple novels and that it is only the beginning, and obviously I need to read the books to understand everything better, but the ending just left me thinking…Really? Not to mention you should have to read a book to better under the movie…that isn’t really how it’s suppose to work.
I don’t think things like the curse were really explained well. What was the curse? That female castors don’t have the ability to choose?
How was Link able to do what he did? I don’t really get that.
Although Alden Enrenreich and Emma Thompson did a pretty good job acting wise, I found that a lot of the character (ok, the main two) were not how I pictured them. I did get the chance to read the first two (ish) chapters of the novel and got a pretty good idea of Ethan…and that wasn’t how I pictured him.
Also, why Lena? Why was she the one to break the curse or bring about the great change? Because of her birthdate? If so maybe that should have been said. I get that her birthdate falls on winter solstice. But, does everyone else? Probably not.
Also…why would Ridley do that to Link? I though they want her to break the curse and turn dark? Don’t get it.
Alden Ehrenreich was funny and a pretty good actor. I found that he really brought across the awkward feels that Ethan had about his life and his future. Not to mention all the sarcastic comments and random rants were pretty funny and he pulled them off. Even, when he was angry at Lena it looked realistic.
The story itself seems like a good one, and probably is when you real the books.
I liked the setting for the novel as well as some of the special effects for the
castors. It was subtle yet just right.
The story was a pretty good one. A new girl comes to a new school, one that Ethan just happens to be dreaming about. He gets to know her, finds out she is a castor, and falls for her. Together they try and break the curse to prevent her from “going dark”.
I love stories that have an significant event that changed the future (in this case the acts of a female castor, during the Civil War).
There was a lot of stuff that seemed open for interpretation in the movie, and a lot of background or even just little info that seemed to be missing, like I was just suppose to know it.
Now, maybe I am judging too hard because I’m thinking, “A lot of people love this series it should be good”, and maybe I was expecting too much. But it let me down. Confused me even. I am willing to admit that there is a chance I went into this judging it not as just a movie, but as a book that was made into a movie, and maybe that has hindered some of my perspective. Hopefully the book is better, because the movie was not something I’d be willing to buy.
Ethan—As a character he seemed really awesome. He was funny, emotional, and determined. Alden Ehrenreich was a pretty good actor in this movie, but just from reading the first couple of chapters of the book I don’t think he looked like the Ethan I pictured. Maybe I’m wrong and the rest of the novel will reveal that he was a good fit. I don’t know.
Lena—As a character she seems pretty cool too, but I found Alice Englert’s acting not very good. I felt she was mainly mopey, and didn’t really have a change in expressions.
Sarafine/Mrs.Lincolm—well the trailer basically gives it away that they are one and the same and I really liked Emma Thompson’s performance. I wished there was more info on Sarafine. I get that there are more than one way for someone to die, but how did she supposive die in the first place. Anyhow, the character seemed pretty awesome and filled with depth, and I really truly loved Emma Thompson and her ability to pull off such difference characters
Um…I guess if you like the book, and are a lover of supernatural YA movies than there is something here for you
The romance. The YA supernatural story.
Overall, its sad to say I’m truly disappointed. I walked out of there thinking “I should have seen Identity Thief”. I just found I still had a lot of questions, not the big picture questions that could come in future books/movies but smaller ones, and I wasn’t feeling the actors.