Warner Bros./Alcon (Andrew Kosove, Broderick
Johnson, Erwin Stoff & David Valdes)
USA 🇺🇸 2013
W: Richard LaGravenese [based on the novel by Kami
Garcia Margaret Stohl]
DP: Philippe Rousselot
Ed: David Moritz
PD: Richard Sherman
Cos: Jeffrey Kurland
Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan Lawson Wate), Alice
Englert (Lena Duchannes), Jeremy Irons (Macon Melchizedek Ravenwood), Viola Davis (Amarie Treadeau), Emmy Rossum (Ridley Duchannes), Thomas Mann (Wesley Jefferson Lincoln), Emma
Thompson (Mavis Lincoln / Sarafine Duchannes)
A family of spellcasters live in hiding in a small
town in the Deep South. The daughter of the family falls in love with a boy from school.
*yawn* This movie was nowhere near as interesting
as its synopsis or the trailers.
It's another modern fantasy in the Twilight mould,
based on "young adult literature" which I haven't read and have no intention to. The subject focuses on witches rather than vampires and werewolves but it's still the same story as
Twilight, set in a small town where all the characters talk like Forrest Gump.
Emma Thompson & Jeremy Irons seem to have lots
of fun, but the rest of the cast are unremarkable and the characters quite one-dimensional.
I'm sure this film would be enjoyed by its target
demographic, but I'm certainly not part of that.
Did You Know:
The role of Amma is actually a combination of two roles
from the book; Amma, a housekeeper/Seer, and Marian, a librarian and Ethan's late mother's best friend. Screenwriter/director Richard LaGravenese combined the two parts in the hope of
attracting a great actress. 'Viola Davis' was his first and only choice for the role.