Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

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Director: Richard LaGravenese

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons

     
 

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Lena has just moved to the small, Southern town of Gatlin, where the only person who seems to understand her -- or dream of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood… See more details below

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Lena has just moved to the small, Southern town of Gatlin, where the only person who seems to understand her -- or dream of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood (Irons), the patriarch of her powerful family. Powerful, because The Ravenwood clan are Casters, born with powers that ordinary mortals don't have, like the ability to move objects, control the elements, and even step out of normal space and time to communicate only with each other. But just as Lena feels ready to open up to Ethan, she discovers that their love is in imminent danger, because when female Casters turn 16, their destiny as either good or evil is revealed. Unwilling to let her nature be dictated by forces outside her control, Lena and Ethan set out together to uncover the strange, secret lore of their families' intertwined histories dating back to the Civil War, and figure out how to grant Lena the power to choose her own destiny.

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Tween girls and sexually unsatisfied adult women, gird your loins -- it's time for another epically romantic teen-fantasy franchise, and this one is really good: Beautiful Creatures. If Twilight made your heart go pitter-patter, you'll probably love this movie. Interestingly, if Twilight made you vomit, you might also love this movie. Because while it's just as passionate and sappy, it's nowhere near as crappy. That's not an affront to Twilight exactly. Okay, well, maybe it is. But clearly, Twilight did just fine without particularly concerning itself with issues of quality filmmaking. It was meant to make its audience line up outside the theater in homemade T-shirts, and its zillion-dollar box-office gross proves that in this respect, it totally succeeded. But for what it's worth (and that would be a lot if you were part of the vomit crowd from above), Beautiful Creatures does concern itself with quality. In between the longing looks and stolen kisses there's great acting (the supporting cast include Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis) and solid writing, not to mention a way better underlying message behind all the dramatic declarations of true love and destiny. And it's about time that a supernatural-fantasy movie aimed squarely at teenage girls told a story in which the character with the fantastically supernatural powers is, in fact, a teenage girl. The girl in question is Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert). She's just moved to the podunk South Carolina town of Gatlin and enrolled at the local high school, which is unsurprisingly run by gossipy, small-minded mean girls. The only person who gets her -- or dreams of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood (Irons), a stately Southern gentleman who lives in a mansion outside of town. His storied family founded Gatlin, and we soon figure out why: Mystical families in these movies are always quietly rich and powerful, right? The Ravenwood clan are Casters, born with powers that ordinary mortals don't have, like the ability to move objects, control the elements, and even step out of normal space and time to communicate only with each other. For this reason, the red-hot spark of Lena and Ethan's love is in imminent danger. Lena is about to turn 16, and when female Casters reach that age, their destiny as either good or evil is revealed. Male Casters can choose, but for some reason, females can't. Go figure. So Lena and Ethan set out together to uncover the strange, secret lore of their families' intertwined histories dating back to the Civil War, and figure out how to grant Lena the power to choose her own destiny. You can already see that this movie has something going for it: The protagonist is self-directed. The whole plot hinges on Lena deciding her own fate and not accepting the identity that's handed to her. You could draw a parallel to real life pretty easily, right? Plenty of girls today feel like they're barely in control of the role others dictate for them. And women for all of time have had to deal with the idea that whether you've been cast as the Good Girl or the Bad Girl, you rarely get to choose and you can't be both. There are some other smart issues at play in the movie too, like mothers feeling jealous of their beautiful, budding daughters, the fact that willful ignorance does nothing to protect you from evil, and of course, that true love is about finding someone who accepts both your dark and light sides. But hey, that's just one reading of it. Beautiful Creatures doesn't harp on any subtext, yet what's there to imbibe is pretty good. It's also full of bonkers fun, complete with a weird, fancifully dressed extended family who get into dinner-table squabbles that result in cosmic tornadoes. And the ancient, powerful Uncle Macon is delightedly obsessed with Google. Frankly, this movie is better than Twilight. Die-hard fans may not agree, but sheepish fans who loved it despite thinking "I am too smart for this" certainly will. So let's go ahead and call Beautiful Creatures the smart guy/gal's Twilight. It was also based on a book series, but unlike its competition, Beautiful Creatures is a good fit for viewers who have read other books too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929269372
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
30,378

Special Features

Blu-ray special features:; Book to screen: learn how the filmmakers adapted this wildly popular book series into a film; The Casters: find out who is light and dark, who has control over the elements and who has the power of manipulation; Between two worlds: see why the sleepy southern town of Gatlin is the perfect backdrop for this supernatural love story; Forbidden romance: explore Lena and Ethan's romance and how outside forces threaten to separate them; Altenate worlds: director Richard LaGravenese and the VFX team show how the Casters live alongside humans but in their own world; Beautiful Creatures: designing the costumes: costume designer Jeffrey Kurland and the cast explain how wardrobe influenced the tone of the film; Icons by Margaret Stohl (book trailer); Plus: deleted scenes and theatrical trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alden Ehrenreich Ethan Wate
Alice Englert Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons Macon Ravenwood
Viola Davis Amma
Emmy Rossum Ridley
Thomas Mann Link
Emma Thompson Mrs. Lincoln,Sarafine
Eileen Atkins Gramma
Margo Martindale Aunt Del
Zoey Deutch Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner Larkin Ravenwood
Pruitt Taylor Vince Mr. Lee
Robin Skye Mrs. Hester
Randy Redd Reverend Stephens
Lance E. Nichols Mayor Snow
Leslie Castay Principal Herbert
Sam Gilroy Ethan Carter Wate
Cindy Hogan Mrs. Asher
Gwendolyn Mulamba Mrs. Snow
Cole Burden Union Captain
Billy Wheelan Union Soldier
Christopher Darby Train Teen

Technical Credits
Richard LaGravenese Director,Screenwriter
Aaron Schultz Animator
Brad Arensman Associate Producer
Yolanda Cochran Executive Producer
Lorin Flemming Art Director
Allison Gordin Makeup
Michelle C. Harmon Set Decoration/Design
Jordan Harris Animator
Dhani Harrison Score Composer
Jeffrey Haupt Sound Mixer
Paul Hicks Score Composer
Garrett Jacobs Set Decoration/Design
Broderick Johnson Producer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Kutcher Special Effects Supervisor
John Marquis Sound/Sound Designer
Benjamin Mattern Animator
Wright McFarland Set Decoration/Design
Molly Mickler-Smith Producer
David Moritz Editor
Chris Perkowitz Animator
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Jonathan Sadoff Score Composer
Walter Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Walter Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Margery Simkin Casting
Donald Sparks Asst. Director
Erwin Stoff Producer
TheNewNo2 Score Composer
David Valdes Producer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 Beautiful Creatures
1. Scene 1 [9:37]
2. Scene 2 [8:27]
3. Scene 3 [9:58]
4. Scene 4 [10:41]
5. Scene 5 [10:46]
6. Scene 6 [13:13]
7. Scene 7 [8:15]
8. Scene 8 [8:52]
9. Scene 9 [8:36]
10. Scene 10 [9:04]
11. Scene 11 [14:36]
12. Scene 12 [5:07]
13. Scene 13 [6:17]

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