The highly anticipated screen version of Beautiful Creatures, the best-selling novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, has arrived. While I wanted to catch this one in the theater, I had to wait until the DVD was released. Although not a box office smash, I was pleasantly surprised by this adaptation.
For those of you familiar with the book, the supernaturally star-crossed teens need no introduction. Ethan Wate is played by the adorkably handsome Alden Ehrenreich. The mysterious new girl in town is played by Alice Englert. Lena Duchannes has come to stay with her uncle Macon Ravenwood, played brilliantly by the inimitable Jeremy Irons. Lena and her family are Casters, or what we’d call witches. On her not-so-sweet-sixteenth birthday Lena will be claimed by either the light or dark side of the family. Dark cousin Ridley arrives to make sure Lena joins her on the dark side. Can Lena choose light over dark? Can Lena’s and Ethan’s love survive? Or will a two hundred year old curse tear them apart for good?
If you’ve read the book, then you know the answers anyway! A few changes to the plot are not a deterrent from enjoying this film. My only complaints are the absence of Marion the librarian and Macon’s dog Boo Radley. Other than that, this was a more than decent adaptation. Standout performances from Eileen Atkins as Gramma, Viola Davis as Amma, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln round out a fantastic cast. A definite must-see for fans of the book.