Book to Movie Friday is a new feature I’ve created here at Mommy’s Reading Break. (If you do something similar, let me know, as I’m unaware of any!) Since I see a lot of movies because they’re based on books, or vice versa, I decided it would be a good idea to add reviews (or mini-reviews) of movies based on books. A lot of us review the books and then see the movies, but I only see a handful of blogs actually reviewing the movies as well, so that’s something I want to add here.
If you’ve read my review of Beautiful Creatures, you’ll know that I wasn’t a huge fan. There were definitely some really good things in the book, but I just felt like there was a lot of unnecessary information and filler, which really slowed things down for me. However, because the whole reason I even read Beautiful Creatures in the first place was because they were making it into a movie, I watched the movie.
And I was even more disappointed than I was in the book.
The first and foremost problem with the movie was the casting. I hated the actor that played Ethan. Something about him just irritated me to no end! And the things that I liked about Ethan in the book just didn’t come across in the actor’s portrayal.
Also, one of my favorite things about the book was the random song, “Sixteen Moons”, that played several times throughout the book. However, it was completely absent from the movie, not even a trace of it.
There was just something about the book that did not translate well to screen. I pretty much enjoyed the first half of the book, while I was struggling to stay awake through the first half of the movie!
There were tons and tons of changes made, especially with revealing the bad guy way too early in the movie. And there were characters just completely deleted, story lines ignored. It drove me nuts. But the real undoing was the end. They changed so much about the end that it didn’t even make sense anymore. I’m assuming when they wrote the script that they were expecting to have a hit on their hands. Since Beautiful Creatures is part of a series of books, you’d assume they’d want to make the movie into a franchise, but I’m just not sure how they could even do that. Granted, I’ve only read the first book, but I know that the ending was changed so drastically that I’m not really sure where they could go with this.
Overall, I was completely disappointed by the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, and I would not recommend it.