Friday, February 15, 2013
Beautiful Creatures Review - 3 Stars
The beginning of an interesting new series about a teen witch and a high school boy drawn to each other — they’re rebels in a tiny Southern town and you know how that goes. O.k. O.k. —I get it, it’s “Twilight” except the girl’s from the other world and the boy’s normal. But I like this way “Beautiful Creatures” plays out. The girl – played by Alice Englert – has good acting chops and good chemistry with Alden Ehrenreich – the high school boy who likes her. “Beautiful Creatures” also has an A list of grown up actors, including Jeremy Irons as Alice’s “Uncle” and protector, Emma Thompson as a nosy neighbor who morphs into Alice’s mother, and the great Viola Davis as the keeper of the town secrets. Unlike “Twilight” I think “Beautiful Creatures” has a chance to develop into something interesting if it turns into a tween romance series. Does it deliver what it promises? “Twilight” only watchable. Is it entertaining? Good adult cast and funny too. Is it worth the price of admission? For a Southern Gothic, yeah.