Movie: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Beautiful Creatures (2013) poster“Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.”

  • Release Date: 13 February 2013

If you love the Twilight Series you will love BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. A beautiful teenage girl is shuttled from one school to the next after strange paranormal events occur and the local God-fearing community pressures her to leave. Set in the intensely beautiful plantation area of the South, this young woman is groomed in the black magic arts. Her home and family have the air and attire of another time filled with mystery. She is actively shunned by the Bible Belt Society inwhich she currently live and fights the attacks with violence and hatred. Lavish movie sets with the unmistakable air of romance showcase two fresh-faced young actors in the leading roles supported by a veteran, award-winning cast tell of the timeless story of good versus evil. Besides this young woman’s struggle with her destiny toward the Occult, the story becomes tangled as a fellow student, unafraid of her powers and that of her family becomes attracted to her. He believes in her inner goodness and they eventually fall in love in spite of the huge obstacles. Now she must choose between the young man she loves and the dark side that has drawn her inexorably towards it her entire life. A deadline looms in the near future numbered by predetermined days and the ultimate decision must be made. Should she live in a society who reviles her but, be with the man who has faith she can overcome the darkness? Should she leave the love of her life behind and join with the powerful underground of darkness and become the witch of a secret coven that she had been studying for since birth? This movie is sure to entertain all who love fantasy, love and overcoming life’s obstacles. You’ll find yourself taking sides, changing your mind, and breathless with anticipation. How will this end? See Beautiful Creatures and find out!

Beautiful Creatures looks like a supernatural love story. The main girl, Lena, played by Alice Englert, seems like a normal teenager until you find out that she’s not human. What is she? The boy, Ethan, played by Alden Ehrenreich, becomes intrigued by her dark, mysterious personality. Something is going to happen to the girl, and the timer is on her hand. It counts down, day by day, until something happens. I’m intrigued to find out what she is and what is going to happen to her. In the trailer, they asked, “what if she goes dark?” meaning, I assume, what if she turns evil? Maybe this is the choice she faces when her remaining days are up. Perhaps these creatures have a choice to become good or evil. Beautiful creatures looks like something a teenage girl will probably go to see with her friends, or possibly her boyfriend. It reminds me of Twilight (one teenager with a dark secret attracts another, and it may possibly harm them both) which would attract a teenage audience, or anyone else who bothered to go to all those movies. Perhaps this is a new creature, not a vampire or werewolf, and we are seeing a whole new supernatural realm. That would intrigue me enough that I would be interested to see Beautiful Creatures, but if this turns out to be just another teenage rom-com, count me out. I’ve had enough of “sexy vampires” and “sexy werewolves”. If the movie does something with the plot, I think it will be good. Emma Thompson is also in it, as a teacher, it appears, who fears (or at least is cautious of) Lena. She seems to know Lena’s history from her other schools and more than she is likely letting on. I would almost go see the movie just because I think Emma Thompson is fantastic.

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