Writer: Richard LaGravenese (Screenplay) Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl (Novel)
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola David, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson
Story: Ethan Wate (Ehrenreich) dreams of being able to leave his small town. No one has left the town in years and just when things are starting to look likely to happen he starts having these dreams about a mystery girl. After new girl Lena Duchannes (Englert) starts school Ethan gains an instant attraction. Lena has a dark secret when she turns 16 her powers as a casters become powerful. Ethan, Lena’s Uncle Macon Ravenwood (Irons) and Ethan’s Aunt Amma (Davis) must work together with their powers to stop Lena falling to the dark side which her Aunt Sarafine (Thompson) wants her to go to.
Verdict: Another book turned film that wants to cash in on teenage love similar to the lines of Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Story: Forbidden love is one of the oldest stories that time has told. This story tries to show how love can really stop someone losing their heart to a dark side. It fails to find anything original to the idea of forbidden love and just renames witches in different categories. (7/10)
Actor Review: Alden Ehrenreich – Normal boy who falls for the caster but does have some hidden powers he is unaware of himself. Alden does do a good job when it comes to being better than an average teenage love interest role but never really shines enough for what the role requires. (7/10)
Actor Review: Alice Englert – as the young caster who must battle between her love for Ethan and turning to the dark side or magic. She does a great job battle all these emotions; this is a great performance from the young actress. Star Performance Award (9/10)
Actor Review: Jeremy Irons – Strict guardian to Lena tries his whole life to protect to niece from all the outside causes that will send her to the wrong side of magic. Iron’s does a good job and with his distinct accent helps him demand the scenes he is in. (9/10)
Actor Review: Viola Davis – Tries help both Ethan and Lena find a solution to the curse but hides enough of her secrets for enough time. Gives a good supporting performance and shows a caring side to her character well. (8/10)
Actor Review: Emma Thompson – Evil mother of Lena wants her to break the curse and become just as evil as she is. Plays the evil mother very well and looks like she enjoyed playing the role. (9/10)
Director Review: Richard LaGravenese – Does a good job with the romance story as well as mixing the fantasy side of the story well. Has previous in the romantic film genre with Ps I Love so new how to get fantasy romance working well. (9/10)
Fantasy: Witches, dark sides and light sides make good fantasy aspect this shows plenty of all the three. (9/10)
Romance: Forbidden love is always good, but this has been done before plenty of times this doesn’t stand out as original take on it. (6/10)
Special Effects: Special effects all over the place mostly just using bright colours and weather, you can see it is special effects rather than being clever it comes off as a bit of a let-down. (6/10)
Settings: Small town Louisiana is a good location for witch craft style film being it is filled with the history of it, the romance side on paper doesn’t work but in the end works nicely for it, with some great scenery to make different parts more romantic. (9/10)
Suggestion: I guess teenage forbidden love stories are all the rage at the moment this will fit in to all those who need something to fill the big gap left by Twilight as well as something some more mature reasoning for decisions. The fantasy side of the film will appeal to all those who are entertained by magic for good and bad. I think it is best to say this is a date movie. (Date Night)
Best Part: Snow scene.
Worst Part: Unoriginal.
Favourite Quote: Ethan ‘You still don’t get it do you? I don’t want to be any further away from you than I am right now. One way or another, love is a risk for anybody. Go ahead, Kill me.’
Similar Too: Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games
Overall: Forbidden Love Magic Fantasy Been There Before