‘Beautiful Creatures’ enchants viewers

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

February 21, 2013

Photo courtesy of filmmusicreporter.com
Photo courtesy of filmmusicreporter.com

In an era where “Twilight” captures the hearts of teenagers, “Beautiful Creatures” promises to be competition. With strong leads, outstanding special effects, and a terrific supporting cast, the movie is a must see.

“Beautiful Creatures” focuses on Ethan, a out-of-place teen who doesn’t quite fit in among the townspeople, and Lena, a newcomer who is immediately ostracized because of rumors about her family. As he gets to know her, he finds himself drawn into the tumultuous world of Lena’s family.

The movie features the usual clichés of forbidden love, but the movie has twists that keep the audience interested. The plot was handled so that viewers could guess what might happen, but then the story twisted in a different direction.

When watching the movie, the audience is able to see the main characters develop. Both Lena and Ethan learn about the cost of love, while other characters are made aware of its existence.  One endearing thing about the film is that it displays an extreme case of a dysfunctional family, but there are aspects that the viewer can relate to. Every part was masterfully played, but Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich had the chemistry to make this love story seem realistic.

In my opinion, the best aspects of “Beautiful Creatures” are the special effects that were used. If they had been handled incorrectly, it would have been too little. Instead, the grandiose effects are crafted to suit the magic’s nature to perfection.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic movie to see with your special someone, or just a film to see with friends, “Beautiful Creatures” is an excellent choice.

It mixes paranormal romance with thrill, so that audiences are never bored.

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