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Review: Beautiful Creatures


The thing I love most about this movie? The poster. I love that artwork, and I loved the story location. The way they filmed it made it feel rich and gothic. The first thing I said was “I want to go there and take pictures!”

That’s probably not a great thing to say about the story itself. I’d never heard of Beautiful Creatures other than the movie trailer, which did a great job of peaking my interest. A girl, with magic powers? Count me in! I deliberately didn’t go look up anything about it, so that the movie could stand on its own without any expectations or baggage on my part. So did it stand?

Eh, it leaned. It didn’t fall down but it did stumble over the steps on the way up the porch.

I liked the eye candy. This is a beautiful film, in a lush, swampy location just ripe for story. I liked the romance (the core of the story) for the most part. I loved that the girl is the strong one, and the boy just the average boy next door type. She has the power, he doesn’t. That’s refreshing, given the recent vampire invasions. In no way is this girl a victim, even of her own circumstance or fate. She makes her own fate, and I respect that. The boy stands beside her no matter what gets in the way, which made her love of him make sense. Plus, he loves to read. That’s so sexy in a man.

The accents were unbelievably bad at the beginning. I have relatives from the deep South, and I’ve lived in Texas for years. Whoever the voice coach was for Alden Ehrenreich taught him some strange hybrid of Texan/Southern that didn’t quite match anything believable. It’s so bad you’ll probably cringe the first time you hear it. Go ahead, laugh, get it out of the way. After awhile I stopped noticing it so it’s not the worst part.

The worst part was her family.

The family felt like a caricature. The loner uncle, the odd grandmother type (never figured out if she was actually blood related), the evil sister/cousin, evil mother hiding in the shadows, and some guy who’s relationship I never figured out but who figures prominently in the end climax. He felt like an after thought, but he shouldn’t have been. I wonder if he originally had more screen time and it fell victim to the cutting room.

The town people…well, I come from a small (very small. VERY VERY small. So small you can’t find it on Google earth. Yes THAT small) town, and I’m here to tell you those people are pretty accurate for a small, southern town. Bad accents not withstanding, the character types are there. Yes, okay they’re a bit exaggerated but in my head that’s how it was. Small things were blown way out of proportion, and the churchy do-gooders weren’t so good behind closed doors.

I just got the feeling that something was missing. Something important. The story was incomplete. When I got home, I looked up the book on which this movie is based and realized that yes, indeed, there is a lot more to the story than they managed to impart in an hour and a half. They cut the movie too short, and too many things were left out. I’m going to read the book now so I can see exactly what I missed.

If you like paranormal romance, you’ll probably like this well enough. It’s not horrible. It’s not great. It’s…eh.

8 comments on… “Review: Beautiful Creatures”

  1. That’s how I felt too. It was a decent movie. The teen I took with me loved it (I think the younger ones tend to be less picky about missing pieces).

    • Melinda VanLone

      Funny, I told my husband (who didn’t like it much at all) that if I were 16-ish I’d have been in LOVE with this movie. Probably the books too. It’s so right up my alley. It’s just from this side of things I saw the gaping holes in the plot and characters that movie making left….I’m hopeful the book shores them up because otherwise I love the whole idea of this. I would have been smack dab in the middle of her target audience in my teens. My husband, however, not so much. He kept saying “nothing is happening” to which I said “that’s romance! Romance is happening!” He didn’t get it lol.

  2. Great review – not that I’ve seen the movie yet, but I’ve been intrigued by the trailers. Maybe I’ll read the book first and then wait for the DVD release. 😀

    • Melinda VanLone

      You know the part that struck me the most? The title makes no sense for the movie. It has nothing to do with it. At all. Zilch. Nobody says it, nobody mentions creatures, or being beautiful. Nothing. No idea why it’s called that.

    • Melinda VanLone

      At least the girl didn’t sparkle? *grin* She did have a tattoo that changed every day though. Nobody noticed it but the boy, even though it was on her hand. That was odd.

  3. Okay, shame on me Melinda! Where have I been? I am spending the weekend trying to catch up with everyone. Look! You changed your site and log-line. I love what you did with the place! It feel cozier. Does that make sense? I don’t know how much of that I’m making lately, so I thought I’d ask. Now as far as the movie, I think I’ll wait on this one. I do appreciate your review. Thanks Melinda! And please forgive my absence. 🙂

    • Melinda VanLone

      Thanks Karen, I’m glad you like the new site! I was forced to change hosts, and ended up changing everything. And don’t be silly, while you were gone I was moving the blog so there weren’t even any posts to see! You didn’t miss anything :-).

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