8 July 2014

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures 2013
  • Director: Richard LaGravenese
  • Based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Jeremy Irons  Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia, Merchant of Venice, Longitude, The House of the Spirits, Damage, Waterland, Kafka, Reversal of Fortune, Australia, The French Lieutenant’s Woman,
    • Viola Davis – The Help, Kate and Leopold, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    • Emma Rossum  The Day after Tomorrow, Mystic River
    • Emma Thompson   Harry Potter, The Boat that Rocked, Brideshead Revisited, Nanny McPhee, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Stranger than Fiction, Angels in America, Love Actually, Wit, The Remains of the Day, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Howards End, Dead Again, Fortunes of War, Impromptu, Tutti Frutti
    • Eileen Atkins – Robin Hood, Last Chance Harvey, Cranford, Cold Mountain, The Hours, Gosford Park, Wit, Cold Comfort Farm, Titus Andronicus
  • Why? Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Jeremy Irons
  • Seen:  July 6, 2014
There’s no shortage of films and books about teenagers and magic and I’m as addicted as the rest.  Some of them are pretty bad.  I didn’t like Twilight the book, although the film was OK-ish. Didn’t like the sound of the rest of them though so I didn’t bother.
This one seems to be several steps above Twilight. It’s literary, to start with. It’s scornful towards religious fanatics. It’s complex, funny, sinister and it even has some history.  It’s a pleasure as always to watch the old pros Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins.
It skates very close to parody and stereotypes – small town jocks and cheerleader types, charming drawling Southern boy, young teenage love, vampy bad witches – but it usually manages to twist into something unexpected just in time.
Usually. But not completely. Towards the end it falls into the temptation to lean towards the vamp-evil-sexy-witch and evil-antiJesus-witch and good-Godmadeusall- witch.  And sadly, I just can’t warm to Alden Ehrenreich playing Ethan. Just not my type at all, and I can’t get emotionally involved in the love story, not even a little.
But it’s quite exciting and on the whole a handsome production.
I’ve recently borrowed the second novel from our local library. It’ll be interesting to see how the story continues.

3 * of 5

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