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Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

By Debra Thomas 

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In the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina  nothing  new or exciting happens. Ever. The town lacks most things that we find normal like a  McDonald’s or Starbucks.  However, the  scheme of the town and the life of one boy, Ethan Wate, (Alden Ehrenreich) will be forever changed with the arrival of a new student, Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert).

Lena comes from a long line of witches, or casters as they are called in the movie. She has been moved around the country a lot and has finally come to Gatlin to live with her uncle  Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), who plans to protect her from the dark curse that awaits her on her sixteenth birthday.

Ethan is a very normal southern boy. He does not have too many oddities about him except for one. For the past months he has been having the same dream  about the same girl. Now it is not too much a leap to guess that this dream (no surprise!) is about Lena. The pair are bounded  by destiny in a supernatural love story, beginning in the civil war with their ancestors, that is a little refreshing from previous teen romances, ehem, Twilight.

Ethan and Lena are more realistic, if this story can be realistic. They fight , and they know they are not perfect. You want to root for them, and you want them to be together.They are madly in love, and are willing to stay together at all costs.  They biggest cost is this: if Lena and Ethan are to be together, Lena will live a cursed life under the dark, and the only way to  break the curse is to kill the one she loves.

So now the question remains. What will Lena choose to do, break the curse or submit to the dark?

Besides from the love story there are other conflicts, most of which involve Lena’s family, especially her real witch (pun intended) of a mother and her cousin. The story falls together nicely, until the end. I was left with a slightly depressed mood; the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger that makes you believe there will be a sequel.

Overall the movie was good, and I dub it with a solid B.

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