It’s hard to fight the Twilight comparisons when Beautiful Creatures has been so patently machine-tooled to heart-grab mourning fans of Bella and Edward.
But to be fair to Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of the first Castor Chronicles book, this has occasional flashes of wit and a sense of its own epic absurdity that the eternally mopey Twilight series lacked.
Alice Englert (as new girl in town/misfit witch Lena) and Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan, the brainbox human drawn to her), go at it with a dull earnestness that Twi-hards should lap up. By contrast, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson (as members of Lena’s mysterious family) both ramp up the camp.
A semi-successful slice of Southern gothic panto.