Excerpt: Does the world need another fantasy-driven teen romance franchise? Warner Bros. certainly thinks so. Based on a series of books popular with the teen crowd, Beautiful Creatures is an attempt to fill the void left by the end of Twilight .
Conclusion: Yes, 'Beautiful Creatures' is yet another 'Twilight' inspired supernatural teen romance, but it has a few sparks of personality and heart. Sadly, that can't quite make up for the script's muddled mythology and very generic second half.
Conclusion: The public's pitiful reception of Beautiful Creatures suggests it is a lame attempt to cash in on the Twilight craze. While there's obviously an element of that to this production's timing, this supernatural romantic drama is its own entity with more substantial characters and themes.
Conclusion: Beautiful Creatures pines for Twilight glory but comes up short, delivering a deformed clone with more superpowers but less heart or appeal. And considering the Twilight series had its own share of debilitating issues, Creatures is something of a mess, over-sold, overacted and overwhelmingly dull.
Excerpt: I’m hard-pressed to find a recent film that doesn’t draw inspiration from something superhero based or that doesn’t involve vampires or witches. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch but when Beautiful Creatures arrived at my doorstep, my wife said “Oh, I heard that’s supposed to be good, it’s about...
Excerpt: Your Twilight alarm may be screaming at first glimpse of Beautiful Creatures , a supernatural romance between two teenagers-- one human, one immortal-- who long to be together, and express that longing in a lot of gorgeous natural locations while scored to modern pop music.
Excerpt: Beautiful Creatures is an oddball creation: a morality play with no basic understanding of morality. On the surface, the plot, drawn and significantly modified from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s 2009 young-adult novel, is obsessed with the battle between good and evil.