Here at Crushable we’ve been keeping tabs on the book series turned film adaptation ‘Beautiful Creatures,’ for awhile now. The film is the latest in YA fiction to get fantasy nerds (and non-nerds) alike excited. The plot centers around Ethan Wate who falls in love with mysterious girl in town, Lena Duchannes. Lena also happens to be a witch. Whatttt. Our prediction? Beautiful Creatures will be the next series adaptation to stand proudly next to it’s genre siblings The Hunger Games, Twilight, and even Harry Potter, so you might as well get in on it now.
While at first thought the film might seem like yet another yawn-worthy love story, the trailer and relatively dark most recent TV spot above should make you think twice. Even though the film is an adaptation of a young adult series, it’s not something “old” adults should overlook. In fact, every adult should care about Beautiful Creatures and (in no particular order,) here are the reasons why:
1. It’s about witches!
Movies about witches are fun for all ages, not just kids. Think I’m lying? Exhibit A: Practical Magic. Awesome. B: Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson. That movie was dark and hysterical. And of course C is reserved for the classic of all classics: Hocus Pocus. It’s about time someone lit the black flame candle and made witches cool again. Beautiful Creatures looks like just the movie to that.
2. Richard LaGravenese
Don’t let that smile fool you, this man will make you cry! In the best way of course. Let me explain. This smile belongs to Richard LaGravenese, the film’s director. He’s also responsible for the film adaptation of P.S I Love you and Water For Elephants. Now do you get the tears? Greatness, serious waterworks, and beautiful scenery is to be expected. You can’t go wrong with that.
3. The Supporting Cast
In addition to its main character actors, Beautiful Creatures also stars the exceptional Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum. It’s impossible not to be excited about a cast filled with such talented and powerful ladies. If nothing else, the acting chops of these three alone should make the film worthwhile.
4. It’s the Anti-Twilight
Aside from scenes filled with stolen kisses in beautiful landscapes and being part of the same genre, Beautiful Creatures is definitely not Twilight. While there’s no question that the fantasy genre is a popular one and will be inescapable for a while, finally we have a fantasy that deals with something other than vampires. In addition, archetypes are broken in this series and the female lead is actually the one with the superpowers. Lena looks to be anything but a damsel in distress—the exact opposite of pre-vamp Bella Swan. Even if you loved the Twilight series, role reversals are always fun and a change of pace every once in a while is a good thing.
5. Alden Ehrenreich
Not only is Alden Ehrenreich pretty studly and will therefore be pleasant to look at throughout the film, but I’ve got a feeling this up and comer has some serious staying power. If that doesn’t entice you than maybe this will: he was discovered at a bat mitzvah by Steven Spielberg! Contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t just happen to everybody.
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