This year has already brought audiences a zombie-centric romantic comedy in the delightfully sweet “Warm Bodies,” while Valentine’s Day heralds the arrival of “Beautiful Creatures” and it’s mixture of ancient witchcraft and swoony teenage love.
“Beautiful Creatures” begins with high schooler Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) dreaming of a mysterious girl whose face he’s never able to catch a glimpse of.
There's no introduction needed for the elder half of the 'Beautiful Creatures' cast, which includes Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, along with Oscar nominee Viola Davis.
But the young leads -- Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert -- are probably unknown to most audiences.
While this particular genre tree has taken a little while to bear fruit, 2013 appears to be the year for new takes on the format, what with “The Twilight Saga’s” 800-pound gorilla finally ending its run.All the while the town’s churchgoing elders, led by Mrs.Lincoln (Emma Thompson) work to get Lena expelled from school and sent packing back to wherever it is she came from.The excellent Viola Davis valiantly struggles as the town librarian who doubles as (oh dear) a saintly soothsayer.Englert, who has presence and self-possession to burn, is the standout — but there’s just enough here to make the inevitable sequels a not-entirely-unwelcome prospect.