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|Genre:||Fantasy, Romance, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 124 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After the great successes of "Harry Potter", the "Twilight" saga and "The Tributes of Panem" it is not surprising that more fantasy youth books find their way onto the big screen. And so it was only a matter of time before Kami Garcia's bestseller "Sixteen Moons - An Immortal Love" was filmed. Directed by Richard LaGravenese ("P.S. Ich liebe Dich"), "Beautiful Creatures" takes the audience to the deep south of the USA, where the student Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) unexpectedly plunges into a world full of magic when he falls in love with his new classmate Lena (Alice Englert).
From the first moment Ethan is fascinated by the mysterious Lena, he is convinced that she is the mysterious girl who has been haunting his dreams for several nights. Although at first Lena is extremely dismissive, Ethan does not let up. And indeed a friendship develops between the two soon, which Lena's uncle, the landowner Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons) does not like at all. Because his niece has a secret around her that could be very dangerous for Ethan. Lena comes from a family of casters and has supernatural powers. And now, just before their 16th birthday, they could get out of control. Because as soon as Lena turns sixteen, she decides whether to go to the light side or to the dark side of magic. And since there are forces that want to pull the girl onto the dark side at any cost, this could also be a bad end for the people near Lena. So the best thing for Ethan would be not to fall in love with Lena. But it's already too late for that…
"Beautiful Creatures" obviously wants a piece of the big "Twilight" cake. It can't be denied with the best will in the world that the makers have geared their film exactly to the Bella & Edward target group. But in some aspects Richard LaGravenese's film differs decisively from the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's books. Thus, the story of Ethan and Lena is very self-ironically staged, which gives the otherwise rather cheesy story a lightening wink that the "Twilight"-movies too often lacked. The way he deals with the topic of religious obsession is also presented in a refreshingly biting way, which almost takes on satirical traits in the best moments of the movie.
Lagravenese still knows how to prevent his movie from becoming a pure fantasy comedy. Rather, he presents a mixture of humor, romance and suspense, which almost to the end is absolutely harmonious. Only the finale is a bit overburdened and lacks the lightness with which the production could convince until then. However, this is quite acceptable, especially as the movie doesn't annoy its viewers with a completely open ending, but tells its story in a self-contained way. Of course the course is set for potential continuations, since there are also two more novels in the series. But "Beautiful Creatures" also works on its own, which is all the more positive, since due to the rather meager box-office results in the USA sequels are rather unlikely.
The two main actors seem pleasantly unused and deliver very charming performances. Especially newcomer Alice Englert reveals a talent here, from which you will surely get to see even more in the future. Together with professionals like Jeremy Irons and an extremely good-humoured Emma Thompson, the young actors ensure that "Beautiful Creatures" is clearly superior to the "Twilight" films in terms of acting as well.
It is a pity that the fantasy romance has not found its audience in the USA. Because the magical Southern world, which is built up here, the likeable characters and the exciting and romantic story can entertain not only teenagers very well. Also the visual effects and the soundtrack are absolutely perfect. It may be that the self-deprecating and sometimes somewhat biting undertone is not well received by the younger target audience or that Alden Ehrenreich does not have the power factor of a Robert Pattinson. But purely because of its entertainment value and its cinematic qualities, the "Beautiful Creatures" deserve to be at the top of the movie charts. And therefore there is a clear one from me: Worth seeing!
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