'Beautiful Creatures' plays its supernatural story too straight
'Creatures,' an ordinary-boy-meets-teen-witch story, could have used a dash of Tim Burton ghoulishness.
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Now that the â€śTwilightâ€ť series has run its course (at least I ever-so-fervently hope so), Hollywood is ripe for variations on a theme. Into the fray rushes â€śBeautiful Creatures,â€ť based on the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl bestseller and starring a lot of A-list actors, including Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, who vamp about looking dreary and desiccated.
Essentially itâ€™s a young love Gothic involving a teen witch (Alice Englert, pretty good) and the happy-go-lucky high school misfit (Alden Ehrenreich) who falls for her. Writer-director Richard LaGravanese (he wrote â€śThe Fisher Kingâ€ť) is too smart for this sort of thing, so he outsmarts himself by playing everything too straight. (Mustnâ€™t mess up the franchise.) A dash â€“ only a dash â€“ of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped. Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material.)