Beautiful Creatures does not bring much to the table. It’s a teen romance that many have seen before where evil and good are in the balance and a high school romance overcomes the odds. The plot is very predictable. The effects are laughable. However, there are at least a few actors that are fun to watch.
Ethan Wate, played by Alden Ehrenreich, is a young, well-read high school student who hates his hometown. One day Lena, played by Alice Englert, shows up as the new kid in class. It turns out she is a caster and has a select number of days to focus her powers until she is claimed for the dark side or the light side. Can their young romance survive this magical drama?
The story is very predictable. The dialogue is stunningly rotten. I sat with people who had read the book and they were just as lost as I was on some of the decisions that were made to the story. There are numerous, pointless plot holes that make this movie seem more like a bad joke.
The effects are really bad. Considering that this movie is about casters that control weather and spirits, you’d think they would at least try to make it look interesting. Instead, there are blurry effects that would be laughed out of the cut scenes of a videogame. I know a teen romantic movie is not one to expect dazzling effects but I am also not supposed to be bored.
The only people that seem to bring some fun to their roles are Jeremy Irons and Emily Rossum. They both have characters that were over-the-top and it allowed them to at least act like they wanted to earn their paycheck. They made it at least tolerable at times.
Beautiful Creatures is a wildly forgettable movie. If anything, this is a movie that is just another teen movie that will be met with eye-rolls. If you like this genre, wait until it comes to video. Otherwise give it a miss. It really is nothing special and does not follow the book it was inspired by. Fans of the novel will go home disappointed.