If I was still sitting in Mr. Eickhoff’s second period AP American History my head would be on a total swivel, constantly scanning for that close-to-hot, but just a tick off center brooder in the back of the room. The guy or gal the other kids are always whispering about, but secretly fear, who makes the hair on the back of your neck prickle up. Because while the rest of the class is casting aspersions, claiming the kid’s “weird”, I’d be making friends and possibly even falling in love. See there’s a high probability that kid has some badass supernatural power. I’ve seen enough movies to know. Even if they’re using it for evil, I don’t care. I’ve always been a follower, and if you’re going to hitch a wagon to a star, it might as well be the vampire/witch/werewolf/alien. They have the most interesting lives and high school is a f@#$ing drag.
Take Beautiful Creatures for example. Based on the novel of the same name, the film plays on the cheesy and misguided, puberty-driven, romantic ideals of 12-15 year olds, who all see themselves as outcasts in some respect or another. Just another in a growing line of angst-y high school love stories with a supernatural bent. That’s not to say it looks bad--I actually think critics might enjoy this, unlike its Twilight predecessor (a franchise that fluctuated between 50% and 25% throughout its run). Unlike Bella and Edward’s love affair this movie appears to have a modicum of cinematic value.
Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You-23% Freedom Writers-69%) this movie tells the story of, you guessed it, a small town with supernatural secrets. Ethan and Lena are teenagers falling in love, part of a larger magical world, struggling in a battle between good and evil, getting all of their angst out in a big way. But I think more critics like than pan it. And watch out for those “misfits” in the back of the room, they can probably turn you into a frog if they felt the urge. The Rotten Watch for Beautiful Creatures is 63%