I had really low expectations going into this movie. I mean REALLY low. The YA books being made into movies have so far been sub-par, and this book wasn't even my favorite to begin with. I was expecting it to suck just as much as Twilight, and I told my dad as much. Still he went, and it wasn't half bad. The cast was phenomenal, obviously, and the story was really gothic and interesting in this film setting. I was surprised by how much I liked the actor that played Ethan Wate. He was awkward when he needed to be, but then he really stepped it up in the parts that needed superb acting. The girl who played Lena Duchannes wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but at least she's not Kristen Stewart. I guess I mostly didn't see Ethan's attraction to her, because she really wasn't pretty in the movie. I don't know if that was on purpose, but I really couldn't see the attraction with them. I know love is not only skin-deep, but this Hollywood. Everyone is gorgeous. I definitely had a crush on Ethan the entire movie. He was cute and awkward, but had a body as well. Just... mmm...
I think the only complaint I really have as a movie-plot-flow-thing point, is that they should have made it more obvious how Jeremy Iron's sacrifice at the end was really going to hurt Lena by building their relationship better. I can't remember in the book how their relationship was shown, and I know they can't put everything in there, but I didn't feel as heartbroken as I wanted to at the end. My favorite character was definitely the cousin played by Emmy Rossum. She's an amazing actress and was perfect at playing a dark caster. She also played the perfect coward at the end.
The truth is, I really don't care if it's close to the book. I barely even remember the book, and so I was just excited to see it up on the big screen. And I wasn't disappointed!
Have you read Beautiful Creatures or seen the movie? Or both? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments!