Coming this week to DVD and Blu-Ray is Beautiful Creatures, the film adaption of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s young adult novel by the same name. It falls into the realm of supernatural romance, not really my kind of thing, but I enjoy all movie types as long as they are good. However, films such as this have irked me since Twilight first came out for their complete and total lack of originality. Yet I am bound by duty to bring you a fair review of this film and give you you opinion: buy, rent, or pass.

Beauutiful Creatures tells the story of Ethan Wate (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (played by Alice Englert). Ethan, a high school junior, hopes to one day escape the small Southern town he lives in. This plan is disrupted though when Lena starts going to his school and they inevitably fall in love with each other. Lena is a Caster though, an immortal with the ability to wield powerful magic and there is a curse on her family. Her uncle, Macon Ravenwood (played by Jeremy Irons), wishes to shield Lena from a curse that could cause her to become a Dark Caster. It boils down to a battle between Lena and her mother and a fight to save the life of Ethan.

As expected, this film offered absolutely nothing new in the genre. A mortal and immortal fall in love and the odds are stacked against them from the start. Yet, somehow love conquers all. The special effects look like they were rendered for a SyFy Channel Original instead of a multimillion dollar production. And to top it all off, it is filled with melodramatic overacting. Our ratings are as follows:

Originality: 1/5 – for changing from vampires to witches to retell Twilight
Plot: 2/5 – coherent, but drags
Performances: 2/5 – believable, but melodramatic
Special Effects: 2/5 – not very good for a multimillion dollar budget, more suited to a TV movie
Repeat Viewing: 0/5 – does not offer anything that makes this film fit for watching multiple times

Score: ½

Unless you are a teen girl going through Twilight withdraw, I must highly recommend that you skip this title. At the very least, wait until it comes on TV. But I can not suggest that you go out and spend money on this movie, not even a rental fee.

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