“Beautiful Creatures”: The Review

Boy meets girl.  Boy falls in love with girl.  The girl is a caster ( a more PC term for witch).  Welcome to the wondrous world of Beautiful Creatures. Based on the YA series written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The movie was derived from the the first book in the Caster Chronicles. Published in 2009, the book is followed by Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos.

When I first heard of the movie, I was intrigued by the premise.  Lena, a young girl, will be claimed by the light or the dark upon her sixteenth birthday.  While that fateful day is being eerily counted down via a number tattoo on her hand, Lena’ s life becomes even more complicated when she meets Ethan Wate, a small town boy with big city dreams.  It seems that it was not a coincidence that these young lovers meet.  Ethan has been dreaming of a mysterious woman for months and that woman is Lena.  Ethan is drawn to Lena the moment he sees her.  Lena tries to resist, but she too is attracted to the bookish Ethan.

Getting in the way of romance is Lena’s overprotective caster uncle, Macon Ravenwood, and Ethan’s governess, Amma.  Neither want the two teens to fall in love as it may determine Lena’s fate.  Also in the mix is Lena’s caster mother, Sarafine, who wants Lena to embrace the dark side.  Aiding Sarafine is Lena’s cousin, Ridley, who was claimed by the dark when she turned 16. Ridley carries a grudge against Lena for all the protection she has been receiving from Macon.

Will love triumph over the dark?  Will good win against evil?  Will there be a sequel? That, you can definitely count on!  So, check out Beautiful Creatures, and see if the light wins out against the darkness.

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