I know movies based on books never (or almost never) live up to the book, but I had high hopes for the Beautiful Creatures movie. I asked Keith to take me to see it as my Valentine’s Day gift which he did without complaint Unfortunately, I left the movie extremely disappointed.
- I didn’t think I was going to like Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan and Alice Englert as Lena, but they did a great job portraying the characters. I didn’t imagine Ethan being quite so goofy, but Ehrenreich was entertaining.
- Jeremy Irons is a great Macon, but there were times when his Southern accent reverted to his British accent which isn’t a big deal, but it was something I noticed.
- I appreciated the quality of the movie. When Twilight came out as a movie it was obvious that it wasn’t funded, but that wasn’t the case with Beautiful Creatures.
- Those who haven’t read the book or aren’t huge fans like I am will probably enjoy the movie. Keith said he liked it and that it was better than the Twilight movie. I made him take me to the midnight showing of Twilight and he ended up reading the next three books in the series after watching the movie with me. I don’t know if he’ll read any of the Beautiful Creatures books, but he did say he would watch the next movie if it’s made.
Dislikes (some spoilers):
- Why do screenwriters insist on changing even the smallest details when making a book into a movie?! Was it really necessary to change Lena’s birthday? And why was Ethan’s age changed? He’s entering his sophomore year of high school, not starting junior year and looking up colleges.
- Amma’s character drove me nuts. I like Viola Davis, but she was a horrible choice for Amma, especially considering her age. I really like Amma, but she isn’t portrayed accurately at all. She’s basically a mixture of Amma and Marion. Which leads me to my next point…
- Marion isn’t even in the movie! I don’t know how they plan on making more movies, or if those plans are in the works, without casting Marion.
- Emmy Rossum was okay as Ridley, but she would have been better if even the smallest attempt was made to make her look like Ridley. Plus, it’s been a while since I’ve read Beautiful Creatures and I’m halfway through the audiobook, but I don’t remember her being a man killer. Correct me if I’m wrong.
- The story of Genevieve and the curse really irked me.
- Why didn’t they include the Kelting?
- The ending was horrible. Sob.
- There’s more, but I don’t want to include too many spoilers.