Beautiful Creatures Review
By Christopher Null
Not to be confused with Beautiful People or Heavenly Creatures, Beautiful Creatures is a British murder-comedy romp in the tradition of Shallow Grave and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
This time out, its two women (the beautiful Rachel Weisz (The Mummy series) and the less beautiful Susan Lynch) get caught up in a murder when one of their boyfriends gets abusive and takes a lead pipe to the skull at the hands of the other girl. Soon enough, a ransom plan is hatched (despite the fact that the guy is dead), the cops catch on and demand a cut, the body count starts to rise, and the whole affair proves that these girls make poor criminals indeed.
As a thriller, Creatures is a lot of fun, but it really stands out as a comedy. Filled with wry, deadpan humor, these girls make the grotesque amusing, improvising solutions when a dog chews off a corpse's finger or when Weisz gets handcuffed to an iron ring set in a warehouse wall. Beautiful Creatures may be incomprehensibly thick in the accent department from time to time, and some of its jokes are flat, but by and large it's an engaging and successful riot for fans of the genre.
Creature on the phone.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Thursday 14th February 2013
Box Office Worldwide: $60.1M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Belle Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Fresh: 78 Rotten: 92
Cast & Crew
Starring: Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchaness, Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln, Viola Davis as Amma, Kyle Gallner as Larkin Ravenwood, Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes, Thomas Mann as Link, Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate, Margo Martindale as Aunt Del, Zoey Deutch as Emily Asher, Rachel Brosnahan as Genevieve Duchannes