Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures movie coverI 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.

Likes:

  • 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.

Comments

  1. I was really hoping this movie wasnt going to be disappointing, but I could tell from the previews that it might be! I think I’m going to see it this Friday so we shall see! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. Oh no! I’m going this Tuesday and I was hoping this would be a great one!! Ok: Expectations adjusted. *sigh*

    • OMG, I first want to say I really wanted to die when I left that movie, they left so much stuff out and I just want to say that I’m very disappointed because they took a very good book and made a complete mockery of it. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl should be very upset about this. I mean I’m a guy that love watching movies with my sisters after they read the books and they like all those but this was my first time reading a book then seeing the movie and it was ruined.

      • Mrs. Andersen says:

        I would be horribly upset if I were one of the authors. It’s such a disappointing book to movie adaptation.

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