I was incredibly lucky to get a pass to the advanced screening of Beautiful Creatures in Chicago (Feb. 6, 2013). It was an amazing experience and if you ever get a chance to go to one of these type events, totally take it! It was also kind of special for me because i knew I was seeing it at about the same time as those at the premiere out in LA (click HERE to see pics from the premiere) were watching it. I wanted so bad to be out in LA to celebrate with Kami and Margie. These two ladies are amazing people and I'm so excited for them and their success. They have totally earned everything they have achieved and on top of it all, they are just great people.
So as this was not my first time doing the book to movie fangirl thing, I went in to Beautiful Creatures with an open mind. I had made some assumptions based on the trailers (i.e. the Aunts weren't going to be in the movie and Alma and Marian were merged into one character, both assumptions were true), but that was really about it. I hadn't read the book since it was released in 2009, so I was a pretty clean slate other than being a fan of the characters and being excited to see them come to life. If you're a book to movie purist, you probably wont be happy with the movie. There are a lot of things left out (but really, its a 563 page book, not everything is going to be included) and things were changed to work better cinematically, but if you keep an open mind and just go into it to enjoy a good movie, you wont be disappointed.
This is probably my favorite character casting of a book to movie ever, everyone from Thomas Mann to Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson embodied these beloved characters. The movie captures Ethan and Lena's story, Alden and Alice capture them perfectly. I was truly in aw at how well the movie captured the heart of the books and the amazing visuals that had me falling in love with the world. Beautiful Creatures can totally stand on it's own as a movie and I think it just adds to the story that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl created. There are a few bumps a long the way, mostly in the last part of the movie with how everything plays out with Lean's claiming, but that's really my only complaint. This is definitely a movie y'all should go see!!
I just saw that the run time was 2.5 hrs, so didn't feel like that, so that means the passing was good and it held my attention the whole way through, because I'm normally checking my phone about half way through seeing how much longer the movie is.
Overall, I'd give the movie a 3.5/4. I had a great time and I totally enjoyed myself.
And if you haven't entered our read it before you see it giveaway, you still have a little time! It ends tonight, so