Movie Title: Beautiful Creatures
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Date Released: February 14th, 2013
Date Seen: February 24th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I should begin with the preface that I have not read the book that the movie is based on. So I went into this movie with no knowledge of what happens in it, other than what I get from the trailer. Apparently the ending of the movie is different than the book, but I enjoyed it.
The plot is a fairly predictable teen witch coming of age romance tale. I typically don’t like teen romance movies, but found this one alright. Mostly because the boyfriend, Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) was such an adorable character. He played the slightly dorky, different than everyone in his small town guy very well. He had a weird laugh, but I grew to like it. Ehrenreich did a great job in this role. Ethan meets Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the new girl in town, and a descendent of the “Ravenwoods” – the rich town founders. Ethan befriends her, meets her strange uncle Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons) and discovers that Lena is a witch. She will soon turn 16, at which point her powers will be claimed for either the light or the dark. The majority of the movie then goes back and forth between teen romance scenes and witch scenes.
I thought all the actors did great. Obviously, Jeremy Irons was great. I can’t ever help but to envision Scar every time he talks… but he was awesome. Viola Davis as Amma did a great job. There was one SUPER cheesy scene with her in it, that I thought was the most ridiculous scene in the whole movie (a voodoo ish type scene). But, she then had what I thought was the best scene in the movie. Wasn’t her fault for the cheesy scene. Emmy Rossum plays Ridley Duchannes, Lena’s cousin who went dark when she turned 16. I love Emmy Rossum. She was hot as HELL in this movie…. which was kind of the point. Her costumes were by far the best as well. And let us not forget Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine. Great, amazing, as always. I really thought the weakest link in this movie was the character of Lena. I think Alice did a good job, but I didn’t really care to see what happened to her – I only did for the sake of Ethan. So I found that as more of a character development flaw. It could be just because so much stuff was cut from the novel to make it into a movie that I just didn’t connect with her. But meh, I didn’t really care for her character – which is important considering that she’s the protagonist.
Visually this movie had some really gorgeous shots. Some shots my little sister found cheesy, while I thought they were gorgeous. She agreed that they were pretty, but just thought “REALLY?”. One scene I really enjoyed was the inside of the Ravenwood Mansion. Every time we saw it it was a very modern white setting, with white walls and a grand white staircase, with contrasting black furniture. During a holiday meal, it is turned into an orange staircase, with autumn colors and leaves and trees as the walls – you looked like you were in a forest. Kind of like the ceiling of the Great Hall in Harry Potter – how it looks real but it’s not. I liked it. The other shots I liked were these kind of flashback type things. They were smokey and hazy and just very pretty.
Overall, I liked the movie. It wasn’t a fabulous movie, nor would I go seek out the movie again. But if it was on TV I might flip to it and watch some parts of it. It wasn’t too overtly romancey, so that also kept me engaged.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
The movie opens with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) in a voice over explaining how he’s been having the same dream every single night for the last few months. He sees a girl, standing by a tree, with hair blowing across her face. No matter how hard he tries to get to her, it seems to take forever. When he finally starts making progress towards her, he dies. Now we flip to Ethan waking up in his bed, going downstairs and preparing breakfast for his dad. Amma (Viola Davis) comes over, to bring some groceries. We learn through their conversation that Ethan’s dad is a recluse and stays in his room all the time (we never see him in the movie) and at some point we discover that Ethan’s mom was killed a year ago in a car crash. Amma was friends with Ethan’s mom so she helps out around the house and with Ethan. She also knows about Ethan’s nightmares/trouble sleeping so she asks about his run before bed – we see a clip of him running at some point and finding a charm in the cemetery, that he puts in his pocket and keeps. It’s the first day of school after summer break. Amma asks Ethan about how his college applications are going – he says that they are going great. She asks which schools he has applied to – and he says “all of them, as long as they are at least 1000 miles away.” Amma laughs and is proud of him. Ethan goes next door to wait for his friend, Link (Thomas Mann). We see Link sitting with his crazy christian mother, Mrs. Lincoln (Emma Thompson), who is not letting him leave until he finishes his prayers and kisses her. The two boys head off to school.
At school it’s the first day of junior year. We meet the popular girls at school, Savannah Snow (Tiffany Boone) and Emily Asher (Zoey Deutch). Apparently Ethan and Emily dated last year, but Ethan wanted a break over summer (ie the cheap man’s way of breaking up) – and so Emily asks Ethan if they can get back together and go to the movies that weekend. Ethan keeps trying to shove her off, but does relent and say “ok” just to shut her up. She also makes a comment about how she can’t believe Ethan is reading some book, because it’s banned by the church. A new student joins the class right as it begins. It is Lena Duchannes. Everyone whispers because they know she is a Ravenwood, and Emily and Savannah start making bitchy/rude comments about how that whole family is full of devil worshipers. Lena is slightly upset by it but doesn’t do anything.
Ethan starts driving home, along a kind of back trail, after school, when it is pouring rain outside. He nearly runs into Lena standing out in the rain, next to her seemingly broken or stuck car. He offers to give her a ride home which of course she accepts (after they both kind of bicker back and forth for a minute about the near-hit). In the car, Ethan asks Lena about the book she is reading and whether or not it is good. Lena asks him what he means by good. He giggles his strange laugh. They also awkwardly both mention that they have dead parents. Ethan’s mom died in the car crash, and Lena’s parents died when she was little. They make it to the Ravenwood property, and Lena gets out of the car, leaving Ethan at the gate. As she walks away, Ethan comments about how she has a cool tattoo – he noticed it in class. A “104” in between her thumb and index finger on her hand. At home, Ethan reads that same book Lena was reading – and is astonished by how well written it is and the great lines that are in it. A couple of nights later, Ethan gets a call to head out to this hill, Honey Hill. It’s where the town often does a number of famous Civil War re-enactments because that’s really all that ever happens in that town. For a class assignment, the whole class will have to join one reenactment on Dec. 21st. Anyway, the whole town pretty much is out at Honey Hill, watching this tree. Apparently, every night since Lena has arrived, lightning has been striking the same spot every night. They watch as it happens. Emily and Savannah start bashing on Lena talking about how she’s a crazy devil worshiper and blah blah blah, and Ethan defends her. Emily gets all upset and says maybe they shouldn’t go to the movie together and that she wants a break from Ethan. Ethan and Link joke about how “isn’t that what I did over summer? and when did we even get back together?”
A little while later in class (if i remember right, she now has a 79 on her hand… so around a month later – but doesn’t really fit in with the time line relating to the previous scene), Emily comes in and tells Ethan that she is praying for him – and again comments on his book reading choices. Class begins and the teacher is talking about To Kill a Mockingbird. We find out that it is another banned book by the church, but the teacher got special permission to teach it. They start a class discussion about Boo Radley – but then Savannah and Emily reveal they didn’t read the book since it was banned. Some how this turns into a let’s make fun of Lena fest, I think because both Lena and Ethan make snarky comments back at Emily – and then Savannah and Emily start going on about how Lena is a devil worshiper, and was kicked out of schools for weird stuff happening, and then they start praying for her and chanting things and being annoying. Lena holds her cool pretty well until they get really into it – and all of a sudden the windows of the room shatter, with really only Emily getting some cuts on her face – everyone else is seemingly ok. Ethan runs over to Lena, asks if she’s ok, then Lena runs out of school.
After school, Ethan is still kind of worried about Lena so he heads over to the Ravenwood Mansion. The mansion looks old, covered in vines, and not very well kept. He goes to knock on the door, but it opens. He slowly goes inside, calling for Lena, but doesn’t see her. Inside is a gorgeous, clean, modern looking room. It has white walls, with a curvy white grand staircase in the center of the room. There is some black modern furniture and a black grand piano. Ethan notices there is a foot barely peaking out from behind the door that seemingly opened itself, so Ethan realizes maybe Macon, Lena’s uncle is behind there so he kind of runs out quickly – the door slams behind him. Ethan looks around outside and notices Lena is outside sitting in the grass. Ethan talks to her and they kind of awkwardly flirt for a while. They both have a kind of dark, joking sense of humor with one another and it’s cute and not annoying to watch them flirt. Lena tells Ethan that he should go, as her uncle doesn’t really like people to visit. She starts walking him out, when Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons) appears outside. He is dressed in a long white robe type thing and really stands out against the outside of the house. He invites Ethan in for tea, and Lena clearly doesn’t like the idea. Inside the house, it’s clear to the audience and Lena that Macon is having a little bit of fun with Ethan. We do find out that Macon knew Ethan’s mother – and that he loved reading her books (apparently she was a writer). They were also friends and he was very saddened by her death. Macon then asks Ethan a strange question – if Macon were to have some magic wand that would tell him the rest of Ethan’s life, what would he see? Lena is saying no Macon! in a kind of hushed but firm “oh you douche” voice. Ethan then starts with “Well, I’m not sure, but definitely college, at least 1000 miles awa-…… well, at least close to home… well, no college, I’ll really marry Emily… have 3 kids… dead end job…” and he just keeps going on with this horrible depressing life which ends in him hanging himself at around 62 years old. He comes out of this little trance and goes “uh, don’t know what came over me” and kind of rushes out. Lena yells at Macon, and Macon tells her that she has more important things to focus on and doesn’t need that boy as a distraction. He says that he brought her here to protect her and therefore no mortals can interfere, and sends her to her room.
Ethan gets almost all the way to the gate, but turns around and heads back to the mansion. He walks around the house until he finds Lena’s window (lord knows how) and points for her to meet him outside. They meet again and Ethan starts talking about how he really likes her and stuff. And you know, he found this charm one day, and wanted to give it to her as a kind of welcome to the town present. He opens it up and reads it – and it’s some initials with a date on it, Dec. 21st 18XX (forgot exactly, something around Civil War time, so 1860s ish). Lena comments about how that’s a fitting gift, considering that her birthday is Dec. 21st – and she will be 16. Ethan is amazed at how smart she is, considering she’s a junior but that young. He then hands her the charm and weird shit happens. We see some smoke appear and these kind of memories appear to come out of the charm – we see a woman running to a fallen lover, both in old 1860s clothes. I think that’s all we see at this point. Maybe a little bit of fire, as well. But Ethan passes out, and wakes up the next morning at home – with the charm still in his hand.
Ethan runs downstairs yelling for his dad but finds Amma. Amma asks why Ethan is frantically yelling, and Ethan explains that he doesn’t know how he got home. he is clearly distraught and confused. Amma notices the charm in his hand and demands to know where he found that. Ethan doesn’t tell her – and Amma says that he just needs to go bury that charm in the cemetery where he found it. Ethan is like “what… I never said I was at the cemetery…” uh oh. He then seemingly heads back to Ravenwood manor. Before we see what happens there, we flash to Amma heading out into a swamp looking area (really, the black lady heading out into the bayou?!) and then meeting at a sacred looking place – with Macon. We find out that Amma is a seer and can communicate with her ancestors to find out information. Macon wants to know if they can help Lena – and the ancestors pretty much say no. This was the cheesiest scene ever. And stupid. I feel like it had a much bigger part in the book, because it was just dumb, and never mentioned again. Anyway, during this scene we also learn about “Sarafine”. She appears to be a dark witch who wants Lena to join her. That’s about the extent of the knowledge we get about her… oh, and she is Macon’s sister – so presumably also Lena’s mom (which yes, she is, we find out later).
While this is going on, Ethan makes it to Ravenwood. He parks his car and heads into the gate – but as he walks forward, he comes up behind his car. As he goes back, he makes it to his car again. He is so confused. So he just starts running towards where he thinks Ravenwood is. He starts running through trees like he is a ghost, and finally breaks through this weird enchantment. Then he starts to get sucked into the ground by this weird black stuff though. Lena runs out and magically makes it all stop. Ethan is like all “wtf just happened”. They go up to Lena’s room, where she explains that she, and her family, are castors. Her uncle Macon put a spell on the property to keep Ethan out. She says that when female castors turn 16 their powers are “claimed” for the light or the dark, depending on their true nature. The ever-changing “tattoo” on her hand is counting down the days until her 16th birthday. Ethan asks about Macon. Lena says that male castors are also claimed, but can choose to play for the other team. Macon is a dark castor but has gone to the light to protect Lena. It doesn’t really explain why men can switch and women can’t as well. But what it boiled down to was that women have uncontrollable emotions – that’s what I got out of the movie anyway, ha. Ethan also asks about the charm and says she has no idea what happened. Just that something weird happened when they both touched it. Ethan seems to be kind of ok with this and asks Lena if he can take her out on a date. Lena talks about how she’s always wanted to be normal and so only if it’s a completely normal awkward teenager date. She agrees, but that she can’t go until Saturday because Friday is a kind of castor holiday. But they can hang out tomorrow as well.
Lena and Ethan go hang out at the town border. Ethan says this is his favorite place to come, because it leads to the road out of the town. He just wants to get away and do something with his life and not be stuck there, like everyone else in the town. They again are flirting with each other for a good amount of time and it’s a cute little date. They talk a little bit more about castors and Lena explains what happens when you are claimed – and how it can change you, and you might be a completely different person. That is what she and everyone in her family is afraid of, that she becomes a dark castor.
Around this time we see a town meeting going on talking about how evil Lena is and they don’t want her in school. Mrs. Lincoln is the head of the meeting. Who walks in, but Macon. He defends his niece explaining that the lighting thing is a well documented natural occurrence that happens in various other places. The window incident is being investigated and it’s ridiculous that a person could cause that to happen. He also kind of puts veiled threats on the town, considering that he owns a number of properties that if he bought/sold/whatevered could severely impact the town in ways that they might not approve of (like open a drug rehab facility, that’d bring lovely people to town wouldn’t it!). He wins the battle saying that Lena will continue to attend school and the people that matter, agree. He begins to walk out and all of a sudden the whole church where the meeting is goes dark and the people disappear. Mrs. Lincoln now loses her southern accent and reveals herself as Sarafine. Apparently, Sarafine inhabits other people and takes their body over. Creepy. She is getting ready for Lena to join her and is so excited for when she is claimed. Macon looks slightly nervous, but points out that if Sarafine was so sure Lena would be claimed for the dark, that Sarafine wouldn’t bother being there. Sarafine says the curse will guarantee that Lena joins the dark, especially considering that she’s with “that boy.” Hm… still don’t know what the curse is. But interesting. Macon leaves.
On Friday, Ethan and Link are working out after school, when a car drives up. It’s a red fast sports car driven by Ridley Duchannes (Emmy Rossum). We see her on the way to the school speeding like crazy. A cop chases after her, but she just keeps going, and makes his car crash and fly off the road. Clearly she’s a dark castor. She gets to the school and walks up to the boys asking which one is Ethan. She is SO HOT. Seriously, amazingly hot. She tells Ethan that he is going with her to the family dinner – doesn’t care that he isn’t invited… because neither was she. Ridley explains that she is Lena’s cousin, but they used to be like sisters. They get to the house and Ethan is under a weird sort of spell. He can’t control his muscles or speak. He is just being the perfect kind of date. But he keeps struggling to get words out. The family (Macon’s mom and other sister, not Sarafine) is not happy to see Ridley there, and Lena flips out when she sees Ethan there. Ridley brought Ethan to kind of fuck with her. We also meet Larkin (Kyle Gallner), Ridley’s brother. From the beginning of the meal, Ridley keeps talking about how she’s sure Lena will go dark – just like she herself did. She mentions that “the curse guarantees it will happen.” Ethan is still struggling to get words out and Ridley goes to touch Ethan and Lena flips out – this starts a battle between Ridley and Lena, with the table and room spinning around. Eventually Lena wins, shooting Ridley out of the room, the table stops spinning, and Ethan falls out of the chair and knocks himself out. Macon tells Larkin to take Ethan upstairs. Lena asks the family what Ridley meant about a curse. The family looks at each other out of the corners of their eyes and just kind of all say that she was just trying to get to you and make you react.
Ethan wakes up in Lenas room, who explains to him about Ridley. Ridley and Lena used to be like sisters. But the days leading up to Ridley’s birthday, Ridley said she could feel the dark encroaching in on her… so she ran away. We see this flashback happen as Lena narrates over it. Ridley looks younger, in a pretty yellow bright dress (because you know, gotta contrast from her earlier state with the most innocent looking thing ever). She is running along train tracks when the moon comes out. She gets “claimed” and is just kind of like goes all shiny for a second. Stupid. Whatever. Lena says she had followed Ridley so saw what happened next. Right then, some guys walked by on the other side of the tracks. One of them saw Ridley, and she smiles at him and he starts walking towards her. He gets right up to the track in front of her – she smiles again – and boom he gets hit by a train. Ridley looks content with herself. Lena says that Ridley is a siren so has a lot of power over men. Lena says she is afraid of what happened to Ridley will happen to her – that she can’t control herself.
The next day is Saturday and so they go to the one movie theater in town. Of course everyone is there, so some people like Emily and Savannah are making bitchy comments. Outside of the theater, we see Link walk up and start to buy a ticket just for one – but then gets all entranced all of a sudden and walks off. He finds Ridley in the alleyway, looking all hot again and starts making out with her. Uh oh. Inside the theater, Lena cuddles up next to Ethan and finds the charm still in his pocket. He said he didn’t realize it was in there. Lena say she wants to see what happens when they touch it again, so they do. This time is even cooler. The whole theater kind of goes smoky and we are immersed in a battle. It looks like some Union soldiers are burning down Ravenwood manor, during the civil war. We see a couple running away together, one of them a Confederate soldier. He gets shot straight through the heart. The women is crying and screaming and starts to perform a spell over him. It’s clear that this spell is insane. The man comes back to life. But then, the woman changes from looking all innocent to having red in her eyes (just like Sarafine and Ridley, other dark witches), and kills the man all over again. She then walks off on an evil rampage. Wtfness. This kind of memory thing ends and Lena yells and runs out of the theater, with everyone laughing inside. Ethan follows.
They to Ethan’s house and Amma and Macon are there (doesn’t explain who called who there). Lena and Ethan demand to know about this curse. Apparently, that woman in the memory preformed a forbidden spell – and she was a Ravenwood. Since that forbidden spell happened, there’s been a curse and certain members of the clan always turn out dark. Doesn’t explain which ones go dark, but whatever. Macon then says that they are trying to keep Lena from turning dark and so all this distraction with Ethan isn’t helping her. He also mentions that nothing good can come of being with or loving a mortal. Then he tells Ethan and Lena that they need to say their goodbyes and leaves with her.
There is an amount of time where we understand that Ethan and Lena stay apart. We don’t know exactly how long it is in the movie, but they do for a bit. The only scene I remember in here is a scene where Ridley goes and talks to Sarafine, and talks about how she has everything under control with Link. We then see Ridley and Link messing around again – and Link finds it amazing this “trick” that Ridley can do. She makes a bullet appear in Links hand. She tells him that when the time comes he can use it. That’s all we know.
So Halloween comes and Ethan is just hanging out in his house, alone. Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine comes to the door of the house. Ethan is having trouble unlocking the screen door but is talking to her through it while he tries to unlock it. Mrs. Lincoln (/Sarafine) says that she wants to come in and made him brownies – and keeps insisting on coming inside. Ethan realizes something is wrong – and sure enough, she tries to push her way inside to find a spell is around the house. She laughs and reveals herself as Sarafine and finds it funny that Lena must have put a spell on the house. She keeps trying to get in, but seems kind of trapped at that door, so Ethan runs out the back, gets in his car, and heads to Ravenwood. There, he bursts in the door, and finds the family creating a spell around Lena, not allowing Ethan to get close. Ethan starts screaming about he was brought into this and he’s not getting out of it and he’s going to help however he can and blah blah blah and he manages to break the family’s spell and get to Lena. It’s here that the family realizes they’re not the ones who will keep Lena from going dark – it’s Ethan. Lena’s kind of pissed finding out that Sarafine is alive and has been following/shadowing her for last year or so.
Ethan and Lena run to the library, which is where Amma works. They say that they know she knows more than she is letting on and they want her help. She agrees and takes them to a kind of basement under the library. We find out that this is the castor library – and this place is kind of the capital of the castor world. She is the seer that looks over the library. Macon has been coming here every night for months looking through all the books to try and find something about how to undo the curse. She tells Lena to give it a try. She tells Lena to envision the book, like she’s already found it… and the book appears in a room. Only Lena can read the book because she’s a castor. Ethan can’t even touch any of the books or he gets shocked. So Lena begins on the road of looking for a way to break the curse and not be destined to become dark. This goes on for MANY MANY MANY nights. Sometime during this, Ethan finally connects the dots and realizes that Macon was in love with his mom (I may not have made it clear here, but there were a lot of hints in the movie). Amma explains that yes, Macon did love Ethan’s mom, but Ethan’s mom always loved Ethan’s dad. So at some point, Lena gets frustrated and has a real bitch out at Ethan. They have a kind of fight (which is hilarious, she makes it rain on JUST him), but resolve it quickly. They have a hardcore make out session at the “leaving town” sign, where they had that date at the beginning of the movie. So back to searching they go.
One night, it’s clear Lena has found the way to break the spell. Ethan senses something is wrong and starts to walk up to the room she’s in, and Lena locks the door. She tells Ethan that she thinks she just needs to concentrate more and he should go home for the night. But she’s so upset on the other side. Amma realizes that this is a lie. Ethan says ok, and that he loves her, and leaves. As soon as he’s gone, Amma says that he is gone and Lena comes out of the room in a mess. The only way to break the curse is to kill the one she loves (ie, that lady brought back to life the one she loved, so now to break the curse one you love must die). She does remember something Amma said a long time ago, though – about how the castor language has many meanings to the term “death”. And leaves it at that.
The next day, Lena is hanging out with Ethan. She is excited that it’s almost Christmas – even though they don’t celebrate it. She asks Ethan what he’s always wanted for Christmas. He laughs and says it’s stupid. She gets him to tell her that it’s snow. He’s always wanted a white Christmas, just like in the movies. So what does she do? She starts to make it snow around him. It’s actually a very pretty scene of some very green willows surrounding them, and then snowfall start to happen around them. He says he’s never going to get used to always being amazed by her, and kisses her. They kind of hug, and she says “goodbye, Ethan” silently.
Next we see Ethan waking up in his room. He goes downstairs, like he did at the beginning of the movie. Amma is there putting up groceries. She asks what else he wants for Christmas dinner and if he’s going to invite Lena for dinner. He laughs and says “Lena? That weird girl? Why would I invite her?” Amma realizes that Lena made Ethan forget all about her. She has a tear in her eye and it was a damn sad scene.
It seems to be the very next day (or maybe even that day) is Dec. 21st – claiming day. It’s also the day of the Honey Hill reenactment. We see everyone getting ready. Link is a Union soldier, Ethan is a confederate (or maybe the other way around, whatever, they were on different sides). We see many of the townspeople, like the women, dressed up in Civil War garb as well. Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine is super excited, for obvious reasons. We see the boys go off to do their war stuff, and the battle begins. At Ravenwood, not far away, they start having a kind of coming of age party with the whole family (except Sarafine and Ridley, duh). They are giving speeches, talking about how awesome Lena is, etc. Macon is standing next to Lena looking all proud. We flash back to Link walking around in the cemetery kind of place – and we see the bullet appear in his hand. Uh oh, now you for sure know where this is going (but you probably already did). Link and Ethan both talk about how stupid this is, and how about they just kill each other so that they can go home and play video games. So they both put up their guns and shoot each other – but obviously, Link’s is loaded. It appears though that Link put the bullet in the gun while in a trance, because the joking Link was there when he shot him. He flips out and runs over to a dying Ethan.
At the claiming ceremony, Lena gets a kind of stab in her heart and knows something is wrong – so she runs to the battle looking for him. She finds him dying and freaks out. Link is apologizing profusely saying he doesn’t know what happens and she magically throws him against a wall, knocking him out. Then, Ridley and Sarafine appear, saying that they’re glad and ready for Lena to join them. They point out that mortals can never be trusted, and look how they just turn on one another like that. So Lena starts freaking out and getting all dark looking, presumably to hurt Link even more. But then you here a voice from below her telling her to stop listening to them, that’s not her. But it’s not Ethan’s voice, it’s Macon’s. Macon was posing as Ethan, and really Macon is the one who now lay dying. He says that Lena can choose her own path if she wants and then dies. Lena stands up and still looks all evil. Ridley and Sarafine still think she’s getting claimed as the dark. The moon then comes out, and instead of it claiming her like the others, she kind of gestures to it, and I guess claims herself. The women are both astonished and now Ridley, realizing she’s screwed, tries to get on Lena’s good side. Lena tells Ridley to go. Now it’s just Lena vs Sarafine. They kind of talk for a while and Sarafine keeps trying to antagonize Lena, talking about how love is stupid and just created by mortals, and Sarafine knows that Lena just wants power, blah blah. Lena asks Sarafine if she ever even loved her (Lena). Sarafine says “well no, not really.” Then Lena goes all crazy on Sarafine, and pushes her against a wall. She makes the spirit of Sarafine come out of Mrs. Lincolns body, and ends up killing the spirit. Go Lena. Lena collapses back down, over the body of Macon. From behind her, it appears Macon is running towards her – but it’s really Larkin, who was posing as Macon at the claiming ceremony. He explains that they knew this was the only way they could break the curse and protect Ethan at the same time. They never say where the real Ethan was during this time, though.
We now flash to 6 months later. Ethan drives up to the library. Inside, is Lena at a table reading some books. Ethan goes up to Amma and says that he’s about to leave. They (Link and Ethan) are going to drive up to NYC to look at a college and already have the car packed. So he wanted to say bye to Amma, and they’ll be back in a week or so. Amma hugs him and says she is proud. As Ethan heads out the door, he stops, and goes back to Lena. He introduces himself and says he’s sorry he never got to know her. But he does notice her book she is reading. He asks her if it’s good. She says “what’s your definition of good?”. He laughs. Just like the beginning of the movie. He heads out then, saying bye, and sorry he didn’t get to know her during the year. As he leaves, she’s clearly now upset, but happy he is getting out of the town like he always wanted to. Amma turns the shop sign to “closed”, comforts Lena, and they go downstairs to the Castor library.
Ethan gets in the car, and Link asks if he minds if they go stop by the asylum to visit his mother, since it’s on the way. So apparently Mrs. Lincoln is still alive, but cray-cray. Ok. They start heading off out of town. As soon as they pass the sign out of town though, we see the car whip over to the side of the road, and Ethan get out and yell LENA!!!! (So he remembers). The movie ends with Lena looking up from her book at the sound of his yell – with one eye red (like a dark castor) and one normal (like a light castor).
Apparently in the book, Ethan dies. Just an fyi. So that’s a pretty big difference from the movie. But don’t know when he died.
Again, it wasn’t a fabulous movie but I’d flip to it if it was on TV. For having romance being a main point in the movie, it wasn’t obnoxious and tolerable. There were pretty scenes and the acting was overall great.