Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray
It’s difficult to bring a teen franchise to the big screen that will have a broad enough appeal to entice fans from different age groups to show up. Warner Bros. recently attempted the feat with Beautiful Creatures, a warm teen romance offering witchcraft and high end fashion displays, as well as plenty of the usual teen tropes. Beautiful Creatures’ box office take wasn’t close to enough to justify moving forward with a full franchise release, but even so, the script is a huge leap forward from its source material, and offers audiences reasons to invest.

Richard LaGravenese’s film tells a story of a young romance between a boy named Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and a girl named Lena (Alice Englert ). The two meet at school in a small southern town where Ethan is smitten immediately. Lena, on the other hand, is busy being ostracized as the relative of a recluse and doesn’t notice Ethan right away. Eventually, the romance is able to blossom, just in time for a loud, proud family of casters and a curse that has lasted for generations to come into play. If that plotline sounds campy, it is, but it’s also a fun and enjoyable piece of fluff led by an all-star cast that also includes Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, and Margo Martindale.

This isn’t to say Beautiful Creatures is the perfect film. It runs long, and while I personally didn’t feel it dragged, I have heard others relate that theory. Additionally, the film may sorely disappoint anyone who enjoyed the characters and the detail present in the book. There’s still plenty of detail in the movie, but it comes in the form of CGI and costume choices while many of the book’s subplots and eccentricities are shortened or cut out completely. Anyone who enjoys soapy drama and can dig the occasional supernatural romance should be able to find plenty to like about Beautiful Creatures, but those who don’t fit that description may want to look elsewhere.

Beautiful Creatures is available via Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Even the introductions to the bonus features are melodramatic on the disc. Most of the segments are short, behind-the-scenes takes on certain aspects of the film, including adapting the book and telling a tale of young love. While, each of these could have been included in an extended “Making of” segment, I especially enjoyed the “Designing the Costumes” segment, which takes a look into the wild costume design in the series. If you are a fan of period looks and especially lacy, Victorian looks, you’ll probably like this segment, as well.

Other Special Features:
“Book To Screen”
“Between Two Worlds”
“Forbidden Romance”
“Alternate Worlds”
Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes”
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailers
Book Trailer for Icons

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