Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46% (Critics) / 56% (Audience)
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Kim Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum and Emma Thompson
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. (Source)
Emmy Rossum was one of the few bright spots acting wise whenever she appeared to vamp it up onscreen the black sheep of the Duchannes clan. Sadly she wasn’t in the movie nearly enough.
The Caster-specific set and wardrobe designs were very imaginative and cool looking. The way they differentiated the regular world and it’s inhabitants from the supernatural was a nice touch.
The supposed great love at the center of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was shallow, vapid and devoid of anything that could even remotely instill any rooting factor at all. Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert had zero chemistry and the storyline’s obstacles to their romance were just dumb.
And it should be a crime to squander so many great actors the way this movie did.
There were so many terrible southern accents! So very many.
Final Verdict: A dull, overly melodramatic and spark free movie that wasted a potentially interesting premise and a cast of some of the best actors in Hollywood.