Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Director/Writer: Richard LaGravanese
Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum
Other stuff: IMDB
Elizziebooks Review of Beautiful Creatures
So, this book. This book is HUGE. A whopping 523 pages, according to Goodreads. The writer did a pretty awesome job at boiling that down to a 2 hour and 4 minutes movie, honestly. As the audience, we get a decent feel for the town and Ethan’s narrative as well as Lena’s plight as a Caster just days away from being claimed.
The acting in this movie is stellar. With a cast like this, what can go wrong? I am from the south so I was very aware of the accents being more toward the Louisianna side rather than South Carolina, where the fictional town of Gatlin is located. That aside, amazing cast. Especially Alden and Emmy who both freaking blew my MIND. Viola is always awesome. Always.
The romance was just what it needed to be.
I kind of wished there was more time with Link and Ethan. We see a snippet of their friendship when Ethan walks to his house before school one morning. Also, Ethan-hating Emily is more like Ethan-WHY-DO-YOU-NOT-LIKE-ME Emily. Weh.
The effects were A+. Especially in the library. That part. Yes. Loved.
Overall, it’s a good movie. I left wanting to re-read the book, which I think is a great feeling to leave with. I kind of hope viewers see this movie as a teaser to the series and that they rush to their local independent book sellers for their own copies of the series! Okay, but really, it will leave you wanting more of that world and the characters.
I would definitely rewatch this if/when I have the chance. Honestly. Yes. Please. More Ethan.