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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures


Can Jeremy Irons save a movie just by being in it? This question was raised because of a movie released in February 2013.

Richard LaGravenese directed Beautiful Creatures, a fantasy/romance... drama.

A few great faces can be found in the cast line-up like, Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravewood, Emma Thompson as Sarafine/Mrs. Lincoln, Viola Davis as Amma. Other cast members are Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate, Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes, Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes and Rachel Brosnahan as Genevieve Duchannes.

A young couple, Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes, fall in love and find they have a lot to overcome. Lena's family thinks Ethan's no good for her, the whole small town hates Lena's family and her next birthday may come with a curse. Wait, I forgot to mention, Lena's a witch. The curse will decide what her nature will be, will she be a good or bad witch. Now there's some obstacles to test any relationship.
For 124 minutes I watched a movie about young love where the couple came from two different worlds. They shouldn't be, they can't be with each other... so what's keeping them together? The okay script that was handed to the cast to follow. Now, the special effects were pretty cool and sometimes even bewitching. The witchcraft was crafty, spinning rooms were spinny and, well, you get the idea. The story was really cool. I dug where they were going with it. The moive could have been something... could have. Costumes and sets where also really good looking. 10 minutes into the flick listening to Alden Ehrenreich talk and I was already done. Moments of potential were crushed by either bad scripting or the need to over dramatize the moment.

It's rated PG 13 for the scary images, sexual material and violence.

Yeah I was not impressed with this film. A lot of flash but very little spark so 2 stars but I'm sure someone out there in movieland will enjoy it. Twilight made it, I'm sure this one will too. Now to answer the question. Can Jeremy Irons, as great as he is, save a movie by being in it? Answer... no.

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