This was not a movie I wanted to see. Every time the trailer would come on, I rolled my eyes and thought it looked like the stupidest thing on the planet. Another Twilight. One Twilight was already enough.
On Friday I took a trip to Stanwood Cinemas to watch an entirely different movie, but was then told about Beautiful Creatures. I was told that it wasn’t as bad as it looks. This intrigued me and I felt I had to see for myself.
To my surprise, I walked out of that movie all smiles and wanting to talk about it. I loved it. Sure, it isn’t a perfect movie and it certainly has its moments of cheese, but I loved it anyway.
The biggest insult to this film is to call it the next Twilight. It is nowhere near that crap. Yes, it has a similar story of forbidden love and involves witches instead of vampires. HOWEVER, this film is well made. It is amazing how much better a movie can be when it has people who can actually act. The two leads (Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert) have so much charm and talent, that you actually believe they are hopelessly in love and ready to die for one another. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson couldn’t do that………..and they are together in real life! Ouch.
The leads are also not your typical stunningly gorgeous actors who can just walk into a room and not worry about whether they can act or not. It is way more realistic. No love at first sight bull. You actually have to get to know the character first. They are two average teenagers who fall in love based on their personalities and similarities (what a concept!). Even I wasn’t smitten with the male lead immediately, but by the end I was ready to name our children.
The rest of the cast is stellar. I mean………..Viola Davis. Emma Thompson. Jeremy Irons. They can make any movie look good. Emmy Rossum also holds her own as an evil caster (witch) with a knack for seductive attire and fast cars. Sounds cheesy right? It is, but somehow she makes it work. Hell, even I was attracted to her.
The thing about this movie is that it’s a love story, that just happens to have magic and witches in it. Twilight was a movie about vampires, that happened to have a stupid love story at the center. Get what I’m saying? Anyway, this movie didn’t focus on trying to shock and wow you with special effects. It had plenty of that, but a lot of it was subtle and necessary to the story. Does Edward Cullen always have to show off his speed? Come on.
The music was cool, the visuals were beautiful, the costumes were enviable, and the art direction was dreamy. The house those people live in is insane. Trust me.
This is not a perfect movie. It has cheesy parts. It has witches. Blah Blah. Sometimes there are movies where cheesy stuff works (this one). And there are movies where cheesy stuff doesn’t (all of the Twilight movies). If you like a good romance, you’ll like this one. Worth a rent if you don’t feel like going to the theater (although this sort of movie is great on the big screen).
Enjoy! (Insert some pun about spells and bewitchment). 🙂