“Beautiful Creatures”

February 23rd, 2013 at 11:30 am by under A Look at the Movies

Two_StarRated PG-13
2 hours 10 minutes

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossun

Young people who haven’t yet kicked the “Twilight” habit can fall back on “Beautiful Creatures” for their latest fix of forbidden love between mismatched teenagers. Little does Adam realize that Lena’s a witch, in the best supernatural sense of the term.

The sultry setting of the decaying aristocracy in the deep south provides atmosphere. It’s a colorful cast of supernatural creeps led by Jeremy Irons, who spices up what would otherwise be just a bland “Twilight” style young romance.

Adam doesn’t get it. He’s sure he and Lena would make a terrific couple. But this is no time to be clueless about the nature of her paranormal predicament, reaching a not too sweet sixteen.

Wait until he meets the weirdo’s in her family. Someone obviously forgot to rein in Emmy Rossun’s other worldly wardrobe.

And Emma Thompson just can’t contain her enthusiasm chewing up the scenery with gusto. Such is the curse of having too much spellbinding power.

As long as the old pros are up on the screen, “Beautiful Creatures” is tolerable If not exactly sterling. But the young lovers leave so much to be desired, “Beautiful Creatures” gets bogged down with a less than lovely 2 stars.

“Beautiful Creatures” is one Witches brew that could have used much more flavoring.

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