Beautiful Creatures Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Beautiful Creatures

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Witchy novel adaptation that conjures up surprisingly little magic.

  • Starring:

    Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Margo Martindale

  • Directed by:

    Richard LaGravenese

  • Running time:

    124 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Discussion of violence and violent scenes occurs more heavily than actual violence. Discussions include spousal murder, accidental maternal death (car and fire), DUI, suicide, lunacy. A boy is hit with a crucifix. Glass shatters across a classroom of students. A repeated Civil War dream sequence shows a man being shot. Dangerous driving. Car accident caused intentionally. Scars are seen on a woman's back. A girl is repeatedly bullied (verbally). A youth is hit by a train. A boy receives an electric shock. Raised voices and yelling. Civil War battle re-enactment with rifles and cannons fired. An adolescent boy is shot. Corpses are seen on the battlefield. Matricide. Incense is alluded to. Blood/gore: Small amounts of blood are seen on bodies and faces.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Teenage sex is implied. Sex between an adult woman and an adolescent is implied. Passionate kissing. Several humourous sexual innuendos.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, mocking and teasing, name-calling, religious references and exclamations. School bullying, teasing.

  • THEMES:

    Withcraft, satanism, black magic, familial conflict, devil-worship versus God-worship, bullying, religious intolerance, adoption, book-banning, being under the control/influence of another, destiny, fatalism, sweet sixteen, education (scholarly and worldly).

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Swampy bayou, cemetery, church settings. Alligators. Isolated mansion. Loud thunderclaps. Lightning bolts and lightning strikes. Banned books (discussed). Spitting. Tornadoes. Witchcraft: Ghostly dream sequence. Shared dreaming. Premonition. Casting spells. Breaking spells. Devil-worship and satanism are discussed. Resurrection. Mind control. Possession. Sacrificial offerings (food). Persecution. Stone animals appear lifelike.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Emma Thompson is superb. Look out for the scene where Viola Davis (Amma) is standing by her refrigerator when she hears disappointing news; her facial expression is devastating. Alice Englert (Lena) gets to wear some lovely cardies. Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan) brings just the right amount of strange to his character.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Long running time where not a whole lot happens. The film lacks intrigue and tension and has very few supernatural special effects. The extreme close-up is overused. Plenty of over-acting. Little chemistry between Lena and Ethan.

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