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Friday, February 15, 2013

{Movie Review} Beautiful Creatures


So, I was kind of shocked when my husband came home and said, "Hey, I know you wanted to see that Beautiful Creatures movie, so I bought us tickets.  Let's go."  But who am I to argue? 

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much.  I know, I'm cynical, but I've just been let down SO. MANY. TIMES.  Maybe having low expectations helped, because I ended up really liking it! 

When I saw who they picked as Ethan, I thought, "Uh, uh....no."  After seeing Alden Ehrenreich in action, however, I've completely changed my mind.  He totally stole the show, as far as I'm concerned.  He was so awkward-cute, and quirky and funny!  I just loved him!! 

Viola Davis was great, Emma Thompson had the southern thing down, Jeremy Irons was PERFECT as Mason.  Alice Englert gave Lena an on-the-verge-of-creepy edge that I really liked.  Overall, I was just very pleasantly surprised. 

Now here's the kicker.....MY HUSBAND LIKE IT.  Since you don't know him, you don't know how incredibly crazy this is.  He does not like this type of movie.  At all.  But he really liked Alden's character, and he laughed....like, a lot! 

There were some awkward moments, and some of the storyline didn't quite make sense, especially since they changed things.  And they did change A LOT.  I feel like die hard fans may have some serious issues with the movie because they did change so much.  But, for me, because it's been so long since I've read the book, it didn't bother me too much.  I did miss them speaking to each other in their heads, and I'm not sure how they're going to pull off future movies with some of the things they changed, but I'll let them worry about that.

So, have you seen it yet?  What did you think? (I can't wait to hear what Amy thought of it!)  I didn't want to spoil anything in the review, but feel free to spoil away in the comments!!  :D


16 comments:

  1. Ooh, I was worried too, but this has me totally excited to see it now. I think there definitely is something to not reading the book right before going to movie-version-of-said-book. So much better!

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    1. YES!! That helped so much! Because now people are like, "But, remember how this happened, and they messed this up,and....." and I'm like, NOPE, sure don't!

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  2. I haven't read the book yet and I've been thinking if I should read it first or just watch the movie without reading it. What do you recommend? Thanks!

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    1. I think you should watch the movie first. BECAUSE, that way you won't be disappointed by what they changed, and you can still read the book after and it'll be like a totally different story. :D

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  3. We just got how from seeing it too and it was pleasantly decent! I liked it. Very different, but still mostly the same enough so that I wasn't incredibly pissed off. It HAS been forever since I read the first book though and I did really miss the talking in their heads and the fact that they cut out a whole major character for some reason!!!

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    1. Yeah, I guess it was just easier to combine the characters, but I wonder how they'll make that work later....

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  4. I'm almost finished listening to the audiobook, I wanted to finish it before seeing the movie. I have heard that the movie is really great from a lot of people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Yeah, I thought about re-reading, but decided against it. Hope you like it! You'll have to tell me all the differences since I don't remember them all :D

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  5. I saw it last week. I'm not sure yet how I really feel about it. One thing though, I LOVED the cast. I thought they were brilliant.

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    1. Yeah, I really liked the cast too. It was funny, I walked out of the movie and was like, Hmmm....I think I liked it?

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  6. I agree that if you are a fan of the series you will not be happy with the film. Most fans understand that the time constraints of film call for some tweaking of plot and omissions; however, this film left out so much of the connection between its hero and heroine (very important kelting as mentioned, haunting shared dreams, foreboding song, and the fact that Ethan's heart actually stops with too much romantic contact with Lena), changes in plot just for change's sake, and left out major characters (dad, Ethan's great, great aunts, half of Lena's family) and simply combines two very important characters. The loss of these characters were hard. The loss of the hero/heroine connection damning to the understanding that Ethan should not be able to do these things as a mortal, but their love overcomes his immortality to a point. The main reason the couple is doomed is not that their is not just a curse, but also the inability of his mortal body to withstand her caster electricity. all of this is lost. Also lost is the dichotomy of Macon try to protect Lena, with Amma trying to protect "her boy", since Ethan is no longer like the grandson Amma raised, like his daddy before him. Now, Amma must be the librarian too, she losses this special relationship, and ends up oddly watching over Lena more than Ethan. Gone too is the special "friendship" Amma and Macon shared. All and all, a story that was ripe with beautiful and complicated relationships becomes a shallow distorted reflection of itself with action series that never happened and special effects that lose the real magic of the story.

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    1. Yeah, there's a lot that they changed that I don't really understand. And I agree about not doing a good job of showing the connection between them. Also, how are they going to make future movies work, or are they just sticking with the one movie? Hmmm....

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  7. I had mixed feelings about the movie. I really didn't like some of the changes. But I did like the actor that played Ethan and Jeremy Irons. I thought they were both fantastic!

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    1. Yeah, they really were good! I think the thing with these book-to-movies is to have absolutely horrible expectations, then you'll be pleasantly surprised when it's good :D

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  8. I am a die hard fan and got so mad about the movie. The movie was okay. But the books were SOOOO much better. They changed so much! They didn't even put Marian into the movie? They didn't mention that Ethan was a wayward and link didn't even show up much? They left a lot out. They didnt mention the songs Ethan received from his mother on multiple occasions. His father didn't show up at all either! They didn't show any of the speaking alternative that Ethan and Lena used. They didn't show the dar-e-keen. I really advise people to read the books. You will understand how I feel! The movie was good buy could have been alot better. I still hope that they follow up on the sequels! Watch the movie, and read the books.

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    1. Yeah, I've learned that all book-to-movie adaptations are going to be a disappointment to die-hard fans. There's just no way they can make us happy. I'm really worried about Divergent, have you read that book?

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