Beautiful Creatures is a truly beautiful and magical film which encapsulates the audience with a romance between a mortal and a witch. I have had a lot of people say to me and read a few reviews saying they found inter-links with this film and Twilight however, I found no similarities other than being seemingly star crossed lovers which are destined for each other. But surely, isn't this the same in every romantic film or novel? Romeo and Juliet for example.
Pleasing to the eye, this film oozes beauty with a gothic-romantic theme with sombre mise-en-scene full of contrast. The Duchannes house is vintage and delicate on the outside with bold modern furniture on the inside adding to the films quirkiness. You are in for a treat if you love big romantic-gothic dresses as much as I do! All the characters have a sense of very different sense of style from gothic to indie to 1950's Marilyn Monroe!
As the title insinuates these creatures are truly beautiful (aesthetically), even the mortals! However, some of the oh-so-stunning casters (witches) are dark inside. On their sixteenth birthday they become destined to be a witch of light or dark, where their true character within them unleashes. Emmy Rossum plays the sexy siren Ridley who can seduce and pursue any man she pleases leaving their souls at her mercy. She is by far my favourite character; She's sassy and sexual and yet not in a sense of voyeurism but more in a way of female empowerment where she has complete control over the male gaze.
I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because I loved it so! I am definitely now going to go and buy the books, embrace my inner-geek and indulge in reading the Caster Chronicles by the fireplace. Heaven.