A little bit ago, I reviewed a book called “Beautiful Creatures”. A supernatural young adult story of two star crossed lovers that will never have a normal relationship because: 1. The girlfriend is a witch (or Caster, as they prefer to be called) and 2. There’s a horrible curse in the girlfriend’s family that screws with the love lives of the females of the family.
After being engulfed by the story, I was thrilled to hear that there was going to be a movie made from the story. I couldn’t wait to see it. Sadly, I never made it to the theaters to see the movie before it stopped playing. I finally got my chance to watch it and while I enjoyed the film, I definitely noticed some differences between the novel and the movie (but I pretty much expected that).
This was a relatively unknown cast with a few well known actors and actresses thrown in. I liked that in a way, because you don’t know Alice Englert (Lena Duchannes ) and Alden Ehrenreich ( Ethan Wate) as well as some other big names that could have easily fit into the roles. It makes them more relatable and realistic as “normal” teenagers. Emmy Rossum was one of the bigger names in this film. She played a dark caster named Ridley Duchannes, Lena’s cousin. She had to be one of my favorite characters. Beautiful, manipulative and clever and has tragic back story. She was by far one of the most interesting characters.
The differences have a large impact on the plots of the movie and book. Ethan Wate is lovable but dorky in the movie, a trait the reader may not pick up as easily in the books. He is essentially being raised by a woman named Amma (Viola Davis), which is also the same as the book but unlike the movie, the book also features his father. Mr. Wate locks himself in his office, writing, sleeping and mourning the loss of his wife but he will show up every now and then. In the movie, the father is mentioned but never seen.
Another difference between the two is the curse itself. In the movie, there is a way to break the curse but a sacrifice must be made. This is not mentioned in the book. In order not to spoil the movie, I won’t say what kind of sacrifice must be made and who must make it.
I also really liked the humor of the script, it’s not as noticeable in the book. One moment is during a fight between Lena and Ethan, she makes it rain just on him. They continue the fight and he ends his argument with “CAN YOU STOP RAINING ON ME NOW?!” which has both a literal and metaphorical meaning to it. The other notable differences between the book and the movie are spoiler filled and I refuse to be”that guy”. What I can tell you is the film also stars Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, is beautifully done and is enjoyable for everyone. It’s available to rent or own now.