Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Margo Martindale, Eileen Atkins, Zoey Deutch and Kyle Gallner.
Directed by Richard LaGravenese.
It's Twilight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Teen fantasy romance meets Southern gothic in this latest capitalization on best-selling YA fiction.
My first problem: Very few of these actors are from the south, and it pained my ear to hear the way some of them faked it so. It takes more than changing "oil" to "awl" to make it sound like you're a natural resident of the Carolinas.
My second problem: The story essentially entails all the other characters waiting around to see if our heroine is going to turn into a good witch or a bad witch.
The little-known Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert play the two star-crossed lovers, he a normal boy from the sticks, she the niece of the wealthiest family in town, rumored to be cultists. They meet cute and flirt, but eventually a bad-girl cousin and a pure-evil mama show up to stir up trouble for them. Obvious Brits like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson get to chew their bits of scenery, but it all builds to a frenzied anti-climax that I'm sure came off better in the book.