Beautiful Creatures

6.22 h 3 min2013X-RayPG-13
Based on the New York Times best-selling young adult novel, this hauntingly intense coming-of-age story about two teenage star-crossed lovers in a small South Carolina.
Richard LaGravenese
Alden EhrenreichAlice EnglertJeremy Irons
English [CC]
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Viola DavisEmmy RossumThomas MannEmma Thompson
Erwin StoffAndrew A. KosoveBroderick JohnsonMolly Mickler SmithDavid Valdes
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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LadyfaceReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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If I could rate a negative rating I would. No story line. Good actors in a terrible movie!! I rented this because of Emma Thompson but movie horrible even in the first few minutes. I kept watching waiting for Emma Thompson but her part was terrible. I guess as you get older and with COVID - you'll do anything for work. This movie is disgustingly prejudice against anyone that goes to church or has morals. It makes anyone that goes to church look like idiots, foolish, stupid, and haters of anyone that doesn't. Movie designed to persecute anyone that goes against morality by exaggeration and not going with the new woke agenda. Couldn't stomach watching the whole movie, wish I could get my money back. I don't see how anyone could rate this movie more than a 1
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LisaReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite movies ever!!!
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There is not enough good things I can say about this movie. It is one of my favorite ever!!! I will not go into plot details or anything like that. I would not want to ruin this movie for anyone. All I can say is if you haven't seen it, you must. What a beautiful love story and a tale of what sacrifice for the one you love really means. My sister made me watch it the first time and I really didn't want to, but by the end I was in love with it and have since watched it more times than I can count.
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SJHReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Movie, 3.5 Stars- Book Adaptation, 1.0 Stars
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As a movie, stand alone and unbiased from the book, it was good. Not great, not bad, just enjoyable. The accents and the mannerisms were either spot on, or a mockery of the South. The scenery, filming, and set styles were gorgeous and beautifully made. The characters, while based upon the books, were loosely adapted from those characters and allowed minimal depth. Though I must say that the young man who played the lead character Ethan Wate did an excellent job. While I enjoyed the movie as it is, the screenwriters severely limited any potential franchise possibility by condensing, cropping, and bastardizing a series of books into one film. If they had allowed Beautiful Creatures the Movie, to be based sorely upon the first novel of the series by the same name, we would have serious contention for the recently vacated Harry Potter/Twilight YA throne. Any possibilities for further movies based upon the series was stopped before this movie was ever released. As an adaptation of a book onto the big screen, I have to give this film a dismal 1 star. The only thing they got right was names, places, and basic single plot (even that they severely messed up, especially the ending and the Claiming scene.) Now, no bitter resentments because I "didn't treat the movie fairly". I am sorry, but it was a film adaptation of A BOOK, and the only reason to do that is because the books have a large enough following to warrant the expense of a film. If you don't treat the source material with respect, then how then do you expect any kind of positive feedback from that same fan base for the movie? If the books had never existed, and this truly was a standalone film, I would have considered it a nicely done film, pleasant with a loose plot and a seductive cinematography to it. But that's it.
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Anthony S.Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
The book on speed and a touch of narrative freedom.
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So I purposely made myself read the book before I watched the movie, because I wanted to really understand the world it took place in, and it's a topic I'm a huge fan of. The book was amazing, the authors created a fantastic world for this timeless romance story to take place. But the I saw the movie and realized what people were complaining about. No, the movie isn't bad. It actually has EXCELLENT art direction - whoever filmed the shots and picked angles and put together set was a genius. It's got the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen on screen so far. The acting was also phenomenal. Not the southern accents - I felt like everyone was overdoing it just a tad. A little too hillbilly. When I realized half the cast was from the UK, I got more respect, because their accents were more proper than the American cast, for whatever reason. Especially the actress who played Lena.

No, the problem lies in the heart of the story - the storytelling itself, and the rewrites. First off, it feels like the button is held on fast-forward through the entire film. But then it would randomly, awkwardly, slow down on key moments. Other important story elements were rammed together in an effort to tell a story that should take 4 hours into 2. This is what made the film suffer so much. It had the perfect cast, it had the special effects budget, it had beautiful art direction, but it didn't have the budget to actually adhere to the story from the book. In the end it makes changes that cheapen moments, kill long storyline arcs without a thought, and merge character awkwardly or eliminate them altogether. Even as far as making some who are bad, good. Or so under-utilized that it doesn't matter anyways. Then there's the ending...which doesn't resemble the book's ending in the slightest. Sure, it would be recoverable for a sequel if they wanted to undo how it ended in the film, but since it didn't do well enough to warrant a sequel, we're stuck with a movie that kills the great story of the book. I'm usually not a book purist - I loved the Hunger Games movie even after reading the book. I loved Harry Potter films. But this just isn't as salvageable as those are, and I can't make excuses or look past things. You kill the story, you kill the movie. So unfortunately, it isn't good. Why is it still three stars for me? For the actors/actresses and whoever directed the film to make it look so stunning. Those two are saving graces. Otherwise, I really really hate to say it, but you might appreciate having better memories of these characters written in pages, rather than having their tale torn apart on screen. =(
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MarieReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Big Fail!
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This movie was nothing like the books! The books are amazing & I was just starting to read the 3rd one when I saw there was a move and without reading the reviews I went and rented it. In the end I wanted to shut the movie off within the first 10mins but since I had paid $4 to rent it I forced myself to watch the whole thing hoping things would get better but they only got worse. I understand that things are left when books are turned into movies but this movie did far more then that by adding in stuff that never existed in the book and completely changing characters roles/natures. The movie also leaves out characters that highly important to the storyline.

The worst part of the movie was that there was zero character development!

In the book the inside of Lena's house is important as it changes to her and her uncle's moods but the inside of the movie house was very modern for an old southern plantation home and really seemed like every time they were in the house they had walked onto the stage in a theater instead of walking into an actual house.

For me this movie was a big fail and the only reason I am giving it a 1 star is that scenery was beautiful and the acting wasn't horrible(well except the woman that played Lena's mother really overacted her parts).

My son, who has never read the books, watched this movie with me and said he'd probably give it 2 or 3 stars because it felt like this movie was a rough draft and they turned it in instead of rewriting it properly because they didn't want to miss the deadline. He also said it felt rushed and some parts seemed like things were missing in places.
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An eye on the prizeReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good books, good movie
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I have read the first three books in this series and the books were very good. I liked this series as well as the Twilight series, I am not a hater of either. I had to see the first movie twice before I made up my mind about how much I liked the movie. The reason was that the movie is different than the book. I think this is a problem that most people who read the first book had with the movie. I have read so many books that have been made into movies that I have stopped comparing the books to the movies. I now just watch the movie and decide if I like it or not. I enjoyed seeing the first book come to life even though some things were changed. I loved the southern accents and southern regional things, it was somehow more pronounced in the movie than in the book-I didn't hear the southern accents when I was reading the book. The most important thing was that the romance and mystery of the storyline work and it did for me. The movie was made differently but was still cohesive for a young audience. Some things were also simplified/streamlined for a general audience, I am OK with that though. It is a shame that the movie didn't do better at the box office. I am guessing that the next three books won't be made into movies. If you liked the first movie, I recommend that you read the other books if no sequel movies are made.
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deuce in caliReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Will probably rate it higher if I get to ever finish the second half
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I ordered "Beautiful Creatures" on my Kindle yesterday because I didn't have a chance to see it at the movies and the trailer for it looked amazing. I was excited that it doesn't come out until May 12th, but I was able to purchase a digital copy almost two weeks before the release date (Amazon offered it as a digital early release). I downloaded it to my Kindle and watched the first half, and was going to finish it this morning since it was quite late. Last night it played fine, and I decided to watch the second half streaming on my PC. There was a disclaimer that because of copyright infringement it couldn't be streamed, and needed to be downloaded. No problem since i had already downloaded it. I turned my Kindle Fire on and went to watch it. I had several error messages including that the player needed to be reinstalled, the WiFi wasn't connected, etc. I checked several other movies that I have purchased and they all played fine. When I long-pressed on "Beautiful Creatures" it took me back to my home page and didn't have the options of deleting it and re downloading it. I went back to the video store to see if I could download it again from there for free, and it isn't in the video store anymore, at least not that I could find.

I was excited about being able to see it early as a pre-release, but if Amazon is going to charge the regular price of $14.99 as a purchase for a digital copy they should make sure it is going to work. I'll continue to buy digital movies, but probably not another pre-release since it seems like there are too many glitches and I just paid $15 for a movie that I can't even watch. Luckily I have Netflix if Amazon can't get the issue fixed.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Southern Fried Goth
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It's rare that I go into a film with little or no preconceptions but that is the case here. I don't remember it in theatres, read a review of it, or read the books that inspired the film. It's ideal to have a blank slate because your opinion is not influenced by others. Having seen it I'll say it's a good not great supernatural flick that should appeal mainly to teens. If I could draw an analogy I would say it's Ann Rice informed by Tim Burton and Tennessee Williams. The main stars, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, are attractive and appealing and have definite romantic chemistry. Good supporting cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, et al add color to the proceedings. Drama mixes nicely with macabre dark humor. The art direction and special effects give the film a definite swampy otherworld flavor. Interesting that the film ends on an ambiguous note as though they were setting up for potential sequels. Too bad Warners didn't do a better job marketing this flick because I can think of worse films that have been franchised.
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