Beautiful Creatures (2001)
Critic Consensus: Implausible, uneven, and gratuitously violent, this esotrogen-powered crime caper lacks the finesse of Thelma and Louise or Guy Ritchie's work.
In this contemporary thriller set in Scotland, two women, Dorothy (Susan Lynch) and Petula (Rachel Weisz), bond over a dangerous encounter. Petula is being routinely beaten by her boyfriend Brian (Tom Mannion); Dorothy, after having left her unstable relationship with Tony (Iain Glen), accidentally kills Brian in a fit of rage. In desperation, the two women forge a bizarre scheme to convince Brian's older, more powerful brother Ronnie (Maurice Roeves) that Brian has been kidnapped. Their plan hits a snag, however, when Detective Inspector Hepburn (Alex Norton) begins to suspect the women and offers to be on the take for their intended get-rich plan. Soon after, Tony also re-emerges and also wants in on the deal, leaving the two women to compose a different plan. A blackly comic film noir, Beautiful Creatures is the feature debut of director Bill Eagles. … More
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Creatures
Writer and coproducer Simon Donald offers an efficient plot, and director Bill Eagles knows how to pace the actors and action while delivering it.
Emits an aura of contrived cool.
Too much style and not enough of anything else.
Audience Reviews for Beautiful Creatures
2-1/2 Stars Best part of the movie is Pluto the slightly Pink dog does not Die. Low budget "Lock stock and two smoking barrels" painted on a "Thelma and Louise" canvas. Well paced and continually involving. Even if you don't like the Violence and the cliche derivative male characters you won't turn it off until the end. Rachel Weisz character "Pentula" is trapped in a violent relationship with the brother of a mobster. Her character of a blonde ditz is so poorly developed, its hard to feel anything for her. Susan Lynch is much more dynamic of a character as Dorothy, the brains of the operation. The movie really turns into flat cliche when her heroine junky boyfriend shows up and shoots her dog. (But he's OK in the end)
Maybe the low reviews gave me low expectations so I found it better than expected. Some good twists and turns that keep you interested to find out who knows what and how it will come together.
I am certainly in the minority on this one. I enjoyed it, particularly the leads. Susan Lynch is quite good and Rachel Weisz is terrific, they make the movie work. It's a good balance of humor and crime thriller. There are a few slow patches, but nothing terrible and for the most part it held my interest. Good cinematography.
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