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Maybe there really are supernatural forces at work in this world. How else to explain Beautiful Creatures? The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma - three words not typically associated with teen romances.
There's something so delicious when Brits such as Thompson and Irons sink their fangs - sorry - into Deep South dialect. Thompson devours scenery, supporting players and dialogue with every “Bless your heart, shooo-gah” in the script, and Irons curls his non-existent mustache with every syrupy zinger.
Beautiful Creatures has its metaphysical cosmology worked out, and it gives it to us in doses big enough that we understand its rules and believe in its world, but not so big that it starts to get cute or that we stop caring.
Beautiful Creatures, more than the "Twilight" films, lacks danger and momentum. The audience, like Ethan, spends way too much time waiting around for Lena to learn whether she's a good girl or a bad girl.
Lead actor Ehrenreich conveys a spirited charm, while Englert, the object of his affections, is more blandly self-contained.
Beautiful Creatures tries terribly hard to establish its own mythology of magic and witchcraft and Southern-fried adolescent angst. This isn't Hogwarts, though, and it's not even Forks High from Twilight, but boy, you know Warner Bros., the studio behind Beautiful Creatures, wants it to be!
Beautiful Creatures springs to life whenever Irons, Thompson or Rossum is centerstage. The grown-ups get to wear all the coolest costumes and spout all the juiciest lines. Problem is, this isn't their story. It's first and foremost a semi-plodding teen romance with supernatural overtones.
It's all a big, gluey metaphor for a girl's sexual fears and raging mom conflicts, and, as in “Twilight,” the metaphor itself gets buried under mounting waves of CGI nonsense and a ridiculous back story about reincarnated Civil War lovers.
Nicely cast and made with as much conviction as can be brought to something so intrinsically formulaic.
It's a bigger yawn than it sounds.
What a peculiar production this is. Up to a certain point, it really does promise to be romantic.
Who could have predicted that one day we would long for the relative subtlety of “Twilight”? Richard LaGravenese's Beautiful Creatures is so outrageously florid, Bella and Edward's baroque courtship looks understated by comparison.

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