Written August 21, 2014
I've never read the book so I'll take the word of my wife and daughter when they say the movie did not follow the book very well and made a number of unfortunate changes to the story.
For me personally, I left feeling I had just paid matinee prices for a made for TV movie.
The leading man, while having a nice smile, is too old for the part. Speaking of nice smile, it is used at every turn whether called for or not.
The leading lady at times turns in a performance that is rather disappointing to the point that her own cardboard cutout could have stood in for her.
The best acting comes from a somewhat over the top Emma Thompson and a seductive Emmy Rossum, both of whom sadly only shows just how bad the main characters were.
Jeremy Irons did what he does best, be Jeremy Irons with a different accent.
Sadly, I should have waited and seen this one on DVD instead.
Thankfully the family time involved made it worth it, even if the movie itself didn't,
Written February 15, 2013
Ok I'm not usually one of those people that get upset over the book verses the movie... but this was a tragedy. It wasn't just "loosely based" on the book... they completely changed some of the key aspects and story line. If i were the authors I'd be very upset. The ending was totally different and even if i didn't read the book.... the movie wasn't really all that good. It was an epic fail all around. I wanted to walk out and demand my money back... several people actually did walk out barely half way through the movie. Where was Ethan's dad? The story about his mom? Marion Ashcroft doesn't even exist! And they say Macon is a dark caster? No... that is incorrect! The climax of the story fell completely flat... And I'm pretty sure Seraphine was the one who STABBED Ethan... he wasn't SHOT by Link. Complete trash...
Written February 15, 2013
Beautiful Creatures is a movie that is worth waiting to see on DVD. Didn't expect it to be more of a cute love story than a movie about witch craft.
Written July 25, 2014
If you've read Beautiful Creatures expect to be disappointed. My granddaughter and I couldn't believe all the changes made to a book that both of us really enjoyed. If you have never read the book, you would probably like this movie. As a stand alone movie its a definite DVD rental. For those of you who've read the book, Lena and Ethan do not communicate with their minds in the movie, there is no Boo-Radley, Amma is also the keeper of the Caster Library, Lincoln is seldom seen and doesn't have his own band, The dance is mentioned but not portrayed, the showdown with the school board and Link's mom takes place in a church and only Uncle Macon shows up to defend Lena and in the movie this is when Sarafine reveals herself to Macon while in the guise of Link's mom, and in the end Ethan doesn't remember Lena and what happened on her 16th birthday. Disappointing.
Written July 24, 2014
When I first saw previews for this movie I said "WOW! it looks awesome! I better read the book before I see it!" I was beyond disappointed to find out that the movie is NOTHING like the book. They changed characters, forgot characters, and flat out CHANGED things that happened in the book. I hope they don't make a sequel.