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Film Review: Beautiful Creatures (2013)
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Beautiful Creatures (2013). Directed by Richard LaGravenese and based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film is set in a small town in the USA. Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) has just started sixth form and is having a break from his girlfriend. Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) starts at the school, and Ethan notices she's very similar to a girl that keeps reappearing in his dreams. Lena is from a local family that are rightly or wrongly associated with Satanism, and she is bullied by other girls in the class. During one particular case of bullying all the windows in the classroom shatter, and Ethan is intrigued. For me Beautiful Creatures was definitely a film of two parts. The first 40 minutes builds quite slowly before we discover precisely what Lena is about. The first part is the more even of the two, even though Ehrenreich feels like an odd casting choice, because he seems both too old and just wrong for the role. In fact Ehrenreich's character is plain odd as well, being a mixture of geek and jock. Englert though feels fairly spot on as a casting choice. The second part of the film treads a fine line between engaging fantasy and silly schmaltzy romance. I tend to avoid detailed reviews before I watch a film, but I do remember seeing something that likened this to Twilight. I've only seen the first Twilight film, but this does have echoes of it, albeit it's not wholly similar. Ultimately it wasn't really for me but it was watchable. As per the previous connection I think those who like Twilight will enjoy it more, or those that like a bit of schmaltzy fantasy. 3/5 (Average)
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