Generations of Ethan Wate's (Alden Ehrenreich) family has lived and died in Gatlin South Carolina. Raised by his father, after his mother's death, Ethan is determined to get out of Gatlin. As he enters his final year of high school, Ethan is plagued by dreams of a girl in black and his own death. When Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of the town's most mysterious resident returns to Gatlin, Ethan finds himself irresistibly drawn to her. In spite of threats, secrets, and the danger that threatens them at every turn, Lena and Ethan fight to undo a curse which may ultimately unmake the world.
Based on a novel of the same name, "Beautiful Creatures" takes a bite out of the fantasy romance genre, memorably dominated by the Twilight Saga franchise. Despite its domination at the box office, Twilight lacked the charm and emotive warmth radiated by the cast and characters of "Beautiful Creatures." Jeremy Irons (Macon Ravenwood) and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln / Sarafine) play pivotal roles in this magically charged fantasy romance. Even though it hasn't conjured up the same degree of teen powered popularity, "Beautiful Creatures" casts a spell woven with solid characters, concepts, and old fashioned southern comfort. Richard LaGravenese's translation of Kami Garcia's novel is compelling, charming, and fanciful.