Beautiful Creatures is a good replacement for anyone in Twilight withdrawal. This time it's mortal boy hooking up with the new young lady in school who happens to be a witch in training. Set in a small town in South Carolina, Beautiful Creatures is full of one-liners and good acting. Emma Thompson is the evil mother witch inhabiting the body of the town conservative. Jeremy Irons plays the malevolent uncle. Viola Davis is a caretaker of our hero and of the town library - both for the public and for the supernatural.
Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan is a cutie, eager to get out of the town and drawn to the girl he's been seeing in his dreams. Alice Englert, as Lena, is mysterious with her dark hair, brooding face, and quick wit. The movie is a doomed forbidden love story that works. As Lena slowly learns about her powers, she also learns that she must give up Ethan in order to keep him safe.
With Spanish moss dripping from stately trees, and the soft drawls oozing love and hate, the movie has a goth feel but with 21st century twists and turns. Beautiful Creatures is a fun movie experience, appropriate for February valentines, cupids, and witches everywhere.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.