Genre: Fantasy, romance
Running Time: 123 minutes
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Alice Englert, Ethan Wate, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons
Synopsis: “A supernatural romance fantasy which centres on a mortal high school boy living in Gatlin, South Carolina and his love for a very strange girl with mysterious powers. Her name is Lena Duchannes and she’s trying her best to conceal her powers” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: Hate to say this but the first Twilight film is a way better production than this indecisively directed supernatural rom-com. Beautiful Creatures tries to cover most of the novel its based on but ended up vague and rushed, leaving behind many questions and plot holes (see spoiler section below). It has no pretty boy with powdered face or six packs but it tries to fool its target audience into thinking that “it’s smarter and less gay” than Twilight by featuring excessive teen comedy humour and focusing much lesser on the development of romance and chemistry between the two leads, resulting to the absence of emotional engagement as well.
Favourite line from another review: “More laughs are expected in the next two installments of what threatens to become a trilogy; it’s early, but I’m already making plans to be out of town” (Rex Reed, New York Observer).
What it is really about: A high school playboy (the very old-looking short kid in the movie) who’s easily attracted to something that’s hard to get, like moving out of town and screwing a pretentious hippie who’s an emo witch that goes out character and stares like she wants to suck a dick immediately after being persistently wooed. Wait a second, I’ve seen this movie before… it’s Carrie (1976)!
Malaysian censorship: Almost all kissing scenes are chopped. Yup, children above the age of 12 are safe from the bad influence of kissing. Instead, they might only learn to argue with and attack their own relatives for their lover.
Rating: 0.5 / 5
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Plot holes and unexplained questions: Why do Ethan and Lena dream about each other before they even met, is it just because their ancestors were in love with each other? What is the ultimate purpose of light and dark casters/witches? Why does Lena have so much potential that her power can grow stronger all casters in the film? Casters have all kinds of supernatural powers including teleportation, mind control and body possessing, so why can’t the most powerful caster in the movie do any of that and instead, has to run most of the time? Also, why does the evil Ridley have to take the trouble to seduce Ethan’s friend to set him up to shoot Ethan when casters can easily control a mortal to do whatever they please? Why is there an ancient book that’s obviously very useful, kept a secret by both of the most caring characters in the movie? Lena erases Ethan’s memories of them ever being together and his friend never questions why they are no longer together? Ethan regains his memories by just passing by the place they kiss, does that mean that the memory-erasing ability of the most powerful caster is unknowingly weak?
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Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation to the local premiere.