Share “Movie review: 'Beautiful Creatures'”

Movie review: 'Beautiful Creatures'

“Beautiful Creatures,” Richard LaGravenese's Southern Gothic take on the supernatural young adult genre, is brighter than “Twilight.”
Oklahoman Published: February 15, 2013

“Beautiful Creatures” might look superficially similar to a recent series of books and films about vampires and werewolves in love, but thanks to a strong cast and an actual sense of humor, Richard LaGravenese's Southern Gothic take on the supernatural young adult genre is brighter than “Twilight.”

Based on the first installment of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's four-book series, “Beautiful Creatures” centers on the unwelcome arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) at Gatlin High School in South Carolina. Lena is the youngest of the Ravenwood clan, one of the founding families of the town, but the Ravenwoods' reputation is a little on the dark side. The more judgmental town leaders in Gatlin, particularly the uptight and uppity Mrs. Lincoln (Emma Thompson), have long labeled the Ravenwoods as Satanists, but they are mostly benign practitioners of witchcraft — or “casters.”

This public relations problem is not helped by the eccentric manner of patriarch Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), who prefers to lurk in the family's antebellum mansion and perform spontaneous, magical redecorations of the home's front parlor to suit his mood, or the fact that teenage Ravenwood girls have about a 50/50 chance at becoming hopelessly evil on their 16th birthdays. Lena seems resigned to being an outcast until the smart and wry Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) takes an interest in her. They both love great, subversive literature, but while Ethan only has to wrestle with which college to attend, Lena is confronting whether she will become a total scourge, an evil seductive caster like her cousin Ridley (Emmy Rossum of “Shameless”).

Continue reading this story on the...


  1. 1
    Report: Williams Cos. investors file class action suit over ETE sale
  2. 2
    Undercover investigation into Tulsa house believed to be site of prostitution, drugs leads to two...
  3. 3
    Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond juggles new cookbook, cookware, show
  4. 4
    Oklahoma 8th-grader hit in crosswalk
  5. 5
    Student sent home from Edmond school after discovery of 'hit list'
+ show more


× Trending ae Article