When classy, pedigreed British actors go hog-wild under the flowering dogwood trees of a Southern Gothic setting, often the results are good. Just as often they're so bad they're good. And sometimes, as is the case with
Many in the target teen audience for this romantic fantasy, taken from the young-adult novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, will be unfamiliar with the names or faces of Irons and Thompson. These kids today! No respect for talent recognized by awards bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
But Irons and Thompson, whose
Bookish senior Ethan, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, is a kid plagued by a recurring Civil War-era nightmare (Help! I'm trapped in an outtake from "Lincoln"!) he cannot explain or understand. The girl in his dream looks oddly like the mysterious new student in town, Lena (Alice Englert, daughter of filmmaker
Irons plays her creepy, skulking Uncle Macon, who dresses in
"Love's a risk for anybody," we learn, and if that's not helpful enough,