'Beautiful Creatures' offers spirited romance

  • by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 10:05 AM

While it’s never quite as spellbinding as its witchcraft-themed story line promises, “Beautiful Creatures” is a welcome addition to the ranks of paranormal teen romance. This is a spirited, playfully comic drama, “Twilight’s” shrewder, funnier stepsister. It conjures a world of Deep South wizardry where the real soul-sapping comes from small-minded prejudice. In this adaptation from a series of novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the idea that conjurers are a threat to decent society is largely far-right bigotry. It’s mainly a plot hurdle separating likable, bookish Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) from the enchanting new girl in school, Lena (Alice Englert).

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