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)


    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.


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


    Alcohol (beer, wine).


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


    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).


    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.


    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.


    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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