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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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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.

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Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Kami Garcia (based on the novel "Beautiful Creatures" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alden Ehrenreich ... Ethan Wate
Alice Englert ... Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons ... Macon Ravenwood
Viola Davis ... Amma
Emmy Rossum ... Ridley Duchannes
Thomas Mann ... Link
Emma Thompson ... Mrs. Lincoln / Sarafine
Eileen Atkins ... Gramma
Margo Martindale ... Aunt Del
Zoey Deutch ... Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone ... Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan ... Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner ... Larkin Ravenwood
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Mr. Lee
Robin Skye ... Mrs. Hester
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Storyline

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Casters and outcasters - there are more of us than you think. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hermosas criaturas See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,582,595, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,452,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,052,138
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title derives from what Macon Ravenwood thought of the human race in the novel. Macon dresses like a Southern gentleman. See more »

Goofs

Ethan is reading the book "You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense" by Charles Bukowski, but the poem is not in that book. The poem was published "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flames." See more »

Quotes

Ethan Wate: Is it good?
Lena Duchannes: Define good.
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Features Final Destination 5 (2011) See more »

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Never Too Late
Written by Dhani Harrison
Performed by Thenewno2
Courtesy of Hot Records Limited
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Predictable on it's same clichés, but quite interesting for me enough

My brother and I went to see this in theaters by using our birthday gift our grandmother had given us with much expectations. Later, we walked out of the theater and we had a good time. Even though the professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it mixed feelings, I thought this is a pretty good film. It's not spectacular, though for there are some problems that I do have with the film.

The story was OK. It became quite predictable by using some of the same clichés that we've already seen before like in Twilight, but it got me interested especially towards the end of this flick. There are some times where the exposition throughout the film is a bit too much for my tastes.

Flaws aside, this film does have some good qualities. The cinematography is brilliant and the scenery of South Carolina is beautiful to look at. The direction is above-decent and the music score is surprisingly good. The special effects are pretty good too and the golden eyes effect is the perfect highlight. The dialog is pretty smart and mixes melodrama and campy humor pretty well throughout the film.

The best part, however, would have to go to the cast. Emma Thompson as Serafine sometimes overacts, but by golly was she enjoyable; Emmy Rossum did a nice job as the foxy Ridley, Viola Davis did very good as Amma and Jeremy Irons (the famous actor from The Lion King, Eragon, etc.) did a fantastic job as the menacing and edgy Macon Ravenwood. However, the best characters would have to go to the two main protagonists. Alden Enrenreich did an amazing job as the charismatic Ethan Wate while Alice Englert is a perfect Lena Duchannes, thus making them a much likable duo than Bella and Edward from Twilight.

Overall, I have yet to read the book it was based on and I understood all the hatred this flick had, but despite it's own problems, Beautiful Creatures is a pretty good fantasy romance flick that is way better than the Twilight movies and I think would be recommended to those who haven't seen it yet.


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