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Review: ‘Creatures’ concocts familiar teen angst

February 12, 2013 • Entertainment


This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Alice Englert in a scene from “Beautiful Creatures.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John Bramley)

The genders have been reversed but the supernatural, star-crossed teen angst remains firmly intact in “Beautiful Creatures,” which clearly aims to pick up where the “Twilight” franchise left off.

Writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s film, based on the first novel in the young adult series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, oozes Southern Gothic eccentricity and some amusing if inconsistent touches of camp. (A droll, drawling Jeremy Irons sitting at the piano playing Chopin? Margo Martindale in a feathery hairclip, carrying a live peacock? Yes and yes, please.)

But a strong cast of likable and, yes, beautiful actors can only do so much with the formula in which they’re forced to work. And, like the “Twilight” movies, the special effects are all-too often distractingly cheesy.

The setup breathes some new life into such familiar material, though, as co-stars Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert feel like actual awkward teens enjoying the fraught thrills of first Login to read more

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