Movie studios are out to find that next Harry Potter or Twilight or Hunger Games. A book series that they can build a film franchise on that would see them take in the money like Warner Brothers did with Harry Potter for example.
But Alcon Entertainment doesn’t have that with Beautiful Creatures the first in a four book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Set in the fictional Gaitlin, South Carolina, the basic premise is about how 15-year old witch or caster Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) will be claimed either by the light or dark on her 16th birthday. In the midst of that she falls in love with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) a mortal.
Normally I can escape in the land of supernatural/fantasy like I did with Harry Potter or Twilight but I just couldn’t here. I wanted to laugh out loud every time every character started to spout out supernatural stuff. It was all unrealistic and over the top.
The one most guilty of being the most over the top was Emma Thompson who played Lena’s evil mother, Seraphine. She chewed her scenery well and Jeremy Irons who played Lena’s uncle Macon Ravenwood equally matched the scenery chewing.
Emmy Rossum was totally wasted in the role of Lena’s evil cousin Ridley and she too was over the top.
The supernatural special effects weren’t well done either and there were times during scenes like those that I said to myself that this was so stupid.
I was shocked to see such great actors here wasted like Margo Martindale and Eileen Aitkens and Viola Davis. sometimes I can’t believe they are able to say their lines with a straight face. This is obviously a pay check movie for the veteran cast.
When the movie wasn’t dealing with the supernatural stuff, I did like the romance between Lena and Ethan. Both Ehrenreich and Englert had a nice chemistry. And I did feel a bit heartbroken when (spoiler) Lena casted a spell to make Ethan forget their love in order to keep him safe from her curse.
But that wasn’t enough for me care for this movie or see the rest of the books made into film. And judging by the film’s anemic box office performance, it is very unlikely we will.
Fun Fact: Alice Englert is the daughter of director Jane Campion (The Piano). Also, Kyle Gallner aka Smallville’s Bart Allen or Veronica Mars’ Beaver Casablancas, had a small role as Lena’s cousin Larkin Ravenwood.