Film review: Beautiful Creatures (12A)
Here is what they're hoping will fill the void for teens mourning the end of the Twilight saga.
Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert play the star-crossed pair Ethan and Lena; he's a high-schooler in the Southern bible-belt who has been dreaming of death and a maiden on a Civil War battlefield, she's the enigmatic niece of local aristo Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons) whose family are all "spell-casters" – telekinesis, body-swapping, etc.
Lena, approaching 16, must deal with a curse that will turn her to the light or the dark – at the moment she throws wobblies that can turn a house upside down. At times it plays almost like a parody of Southern-fried Gothic fantasy, with a lot of Burtonesque CGI thrown in to give us the shivers.
It's neither scary nor sexy, though it might just do for all the yearning Twi-hards out there. Listen out for one very good joke about Nancy Reagan; otherwise it's po-faced teen trauma with knobs on.
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