'Beautiful Creatures': Is It The Next 'Twilight' -- And Is That A Good Or Bad Thing?

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Is it possible that the public really has a new young-adult book adaptation worthy of their fandom, devotion, and money?

According to critics, Beautiful Creatures has a pretty good shot at being a replacement for Twilight. The film, which is being released on Valentine's Day, revolves around a teenage witch who falls in love with a restless smalltown boy, all the while having to deal with a fateful event that will determine whether or not she'll grow up to be evil.

Despite a rather mixed list of reviews, one common aspect has emerged: Beautiful Creatureshas blatant similarities to another recently-wrapped supernatural romance book/movie franchise, but in the best ways possible.

Here's a round up of what the critics think:

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"Nicely cast and made with as much conviction as can be brought to something so intrinsically formulaic, this Warner Bros. release has an large and eager built-in fan base that will pack theaters...[with] people on both sides naturally hoping that this is the start of something big, franchise-wise...and they make Beautiful Creatures look and feel like so many other films of its type: a concoction that makes highly calculated use of fantasy, fates, taboos, young love and visual hocus-pocus to ensnare an audience in a narrative web that's pretty darn ridiculous."

Scott Mendelson, The Huffington Post

"...the film is warmly engaging, alternating between scenery-chewing camp from the adults and genuinely emotional pathos from the kids, anchored by fine acting and surprisingly clever and authentic dialogue throughout...[Even] if it doesn't stick the landing, Beautiful Creatures is incredibly entertaining and engaging for most of its running time and it doesn't completely destroy its earned goodwill by the end.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Adapted from the popular YA novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlBeautiful Creatures is lushly pictorial and not-too-badly acted. The best thing in the movie is Alice Englert, who has a fresh, unretouched, Jane Austen-gone-goth allure..."

 

Peter Debruge, Variety

"Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's book, the first of four, reps a calculated synthesis of proven YA-lit elements and recent publishing success tactics, which makes for ingratiating storytelling on the page. Fortunately, writer-director Richard LaGravenese has jettisoned most of the novel and refashioned its core mythology and characters into a feverishly enjoyable guilty pleasure, unapologetic in its mass-market rebel 'tude..."

Alonso Duralde, Yahoo Movies

No doubt designed to follow in the human-supernatural-romance footsteps of "Twilight," this new film similarly allows fans of the books (in this case, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) to take the proceedings seriously while allowing civilians to chuckle at the delicious excess of it all... [Writer-director] Richard LaGravenese makes the love story smart, sweet and believable while letting things go crazy once the film's witches (or "casters," as they prefer to be called) start throwing their powers around.

Are you going to watch Beautiful Creatures in hopes of it being the next Twilight? Let us know below!

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