"Beautiful Creatures" is a Southern Gothic "Romeo and Juliet" set in a South Carolina town so small there isn’t even a Starbucks -- just 12 churches, one library where books are banned and people who are "too stupid to leave or too stuck to move." The type of place where saying "Bless your heart" actually means "fuck you."
Based on the first installment of the supernatural young adult book series, the film follows high schoolers Ethan Wate (an engaging, yet 20-something-looking man, Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (the quirky, emo Alice Englert) as the moon-crossed sweethearts try to forge a mixed-race relationship. (He’s a mere mortal but she’s a caster, her preferred term for witch).
Ethan wants to see Gatlin in his rear-view mirror, especially after the death of his mother, as outsider Lena returns to her uncle’s family mansion after "living in every state that seceded from the Union." Forces of good and evil, primarily manifested by British actors as Uncle Macon (a fey Jeremy Irons) and wicked mother Sarafine (dynamic Emma Thompson), battle for the girl’s fate as she approaches her coming-of-age, her preternatural bat mitzvah.
The screenplay by director Richard LaGravenese is zippy -- referencing Bukowski, Google, Nancy Reagan and pointing out the improbabilities in the movie "Titanic" -- but doesn’t amount to much as the story is slowly subsumed by literal and metaphorical kudzu. The Blu-ray features include "Book to Screen," "The Casters," "Between Two Worlds," "Forbidden Romance," "Alternate Worlds," "Designing the Costumes," plus deleted scenes and theatrical trailers. Bless these none-too-beautiful creatures.
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