February 14, 2013
A Good Example of a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Done Well
For some reason, critics and onlookers on this film compare it to 'Twilight'; it's anything but. It's always difficult to take a book, turn it into a movie, make it attractive to a wide range of audiences, and appease to fans of the book. In the case of 'Twilight', they stuck too closely to the book and the movie turned out awful. In the case of 'Beautiful Creatures', they kept the heart and soul of the book, found actors who could act, and turned this story into a great adaptation of the book. Is it exactly same as the book? No. Should it be? NO.
Alden Ehrenreich did an incredible job as Ethan Wate: sweet, quirky, honest, and pure. I couldn't picture anyone else in the part. Alice Englert was a perfect Lena Duchannes. Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum (Sarafine, Macon, and Ridley, respectively) hit the absolute nail on the head with their characters. The differences from book to movie were flawless and made perfect sense. Will definitely see it again. Hoping for sequels!
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