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I had wanted to see this since I saw the trailer last year but unfortunately it was one of those films that was not showing in many places and for a short time only. I therefore only saw it last week when I rented the DVD.
It is based on Beauty and the Beast. The main lead, Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is your typical high school idiot who attends school in the centre of New York. There, after offending the school witch Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a spell gets put on him which turns him into 'beastly'. He is horrified and hides away. The only way he can break the curse is for a girl to say that they love him. He soon finds the girl he wants to impress in the form of Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens). I am not going to insult your intelligence as to the ending; it is pretty obvious what will happen.
I enjoyed this film, although it was not long enough at all! The conclusion was too quick and I found it a little unrealistic how she immediately accepted who the person she had been falling for really was. I guess that was the only major problem I had. I enjoyed the appearance of Neil Patrick Harris as Will, Kyle's live-in tutor after he had been changed. His humour was necessary to lighten what would otherwise have been a dark film from Kyle's situation and Lindy's background.
Other characters included Zola, the family's housekeeper and Kyle's dad who struggled to cope with the change. The last scene, strangely you may think as it involved Kyle's dad and Kendra, was rather funny!
I only rented the DVD so I cannot comment on any extras. I do recommend you give this a watch as I is not bad at all, it just needs to be a little longer.
I watched this film the other day with my daughter, it is just like an adaption of beauty and the beast. The film starts off with the most good looking kid at school making a speech. Then he picks on a girl invites her to a disco, then says nasty things to her, she then puts a spell on him that makes him ugly, with marks and cuts all over his face. His dad pushes him away and keeps him in a house locked away from the outside world.
The only time he gets to go out is on his motorbike, then he bumps into a young girl who he decides needs looking after, and she goes to stay at the house with him, although she does not want to. Unknown to her she does know him from school, but he is now so badly disfigured she can not tell.
The spell that was put on him can be broken if he gets a woman to fall in love with him for who he is within a year. If no one does within a year he will have to stay like that forever. Can he get her to fall in love for him with just his personality watch the film to find out.
Kyle played by Alex Pettyfer is the beast in the good film, the make up done on him is really good, and he plays his part of a beast really well. He is the main star in this film and it is played brilliantly, he can act nasty in the film and also act sensitively and in both parts he does them well. I loved the character in the film.
Kendra played my Mary-Kate Olsen plays the girl who put the spell on Kyle, you do not see her much in the film, and only has very small talking parts in the film, but I feel her part in the film was more about the looks that she gives off, and she does give a lot of evil looks that make you convinced she could be some sort of witch.
Lindy played by Vanessa Hudgens she is the one that Kyle has really taken a shine to and must get her to fall in love with him to release the spell from him. She plays her part really well and I like her character. She is not in the film much to start but then she makes more of an appearance in the middle of the film till the end, and she did do her role really well.
My overall opinion
I really enjoyed watching this film, it is an adult version of the cartoon version of beauty and the beast. The acting in the film was really good, and the story line was also very good. I would probably watch this again, and even though the film is a 12 I would also say it would be suitable for kids. My kids loved watching it and I would recommend it to anyone to have a watch of it.
Beauty and the Beast has to be my all time favourite Disney film ever, Beastly is a modern twist of Beauty and the Beast. This film stars; Alex Pettyfer as Kyle, Vanessa Hudgens as Lindy, Mary-Kate Olsen as Kendra, Neil Patrick Harris as Will and Lisa Gay Hamilton as Zola. Made in 2011, being 86 minutes and directed by Daniel Barnz.
Beastly is set in New York and starts off as a typical American high school, Kyle the popular guy in school thinks he's the best and can do anything, including insulting Kendra, the school 'witch'. This doesn't turn out so well when she casts a spell on him to turn him ugly (which would be the Beast). This spell can only be broken when the words 'i love you' are said to him. This is where Lindy comes in, she is the pretty (being the Beauty), smart girl in school, sort of an outsider. Her dad gets into some trouble with a gang and she needs protecting so Kyle takes this on himself and she moves in with him and his two friends Zola and Will, the house keeper and tutor. Here Kyle (named as Hunter so Lindy doesn't know it's Kyle) then starts to fall for Lindy and in turn she falls for him. But is it too late for Kyle to be saved from the 'ugly' as Lindy goes away on a school trip, can he get her to love him before it's too late?.....
This is a lovely story line with the moral of it's what's inside that counts, that's where everyone's true beauty is. It's a moving film and touched me when i watched it, yes it did help that Alex Pettyfer was in it!! But i would recommend people to watch it. It has laughs, mainly from Will! And moving moments between Kyle and Lindy. Fantastic make up was also used to make Kyle 'a monster'. Great film over all.
So this movie received mostly bad reviews, but who were these reviews written by? Adults. Who is this movie aimed at? Teens. So it's not wonder it was so critically received, and let's be honest, most teen movies are, but if all the reviews are written by adults, is this really fair? Yes, usually the standard of acting is not as good, and the plot lines are either cheesy or predictable (or both), but the people who it is aimed at are young people who will watch just about anything for a laugh and won't read into the deeper meaning of things. I don't think that these reviews are fair, and the same goes for this movie.
I had been looking forward to Beastly for a long time as it's released date was continually being pushed back to avoid compeition. The main thing that drew me to this movie was Alex Pettyfer, and the thing that pushed me away was Vanessa Hudgens. Beastly is a modern retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and is a film adaption of the book written by Alex Finn. Now with two pieces that are distinctly Disney playing major roles in this movie ('BATB' and Vanessa Hudgens), I was concerned that perhaps this movie would appear too... well.. Disney.
This movie will definitely appeal to teenage girls who like cute, romance movies, probably not so much to boys or adults. So, being as it's a modern adaption of Beauty and the Beast, everybody should know how the story's going to go... give or take an arrogant, loaded, bastard, and a drug-abusers daughter... So I guess the story of 'Beauty and the Beast' doesn't really fit into the modern world, but who cares? It's a movie. F-I-C-T-I-O-N. So apparently the acting wasn't too good, but personally, I didn't really notice this. I thought that this was a good movie, with an important moral message, that is important is this day and age: look aren't everything. By retelling this Disney classic that everybody knows the story of in modern times could help us to relate to it and to release the message behind the story.
I was only disappointed in the fact that Alex Pettyfer spent so little of this moving looking his usual, dishy self, but on the whole it was quite a good movie.
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== About the film ==
Beastly is a 2011 film that is based on the book of the same name by Alex Flinn. The book is also based on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. The film is rated 12A and has a run time of 86 minutes.
== Plot ==
Kyle Kingston thinks (more like knows) he is God's gift at his high school. He pretty much runs the school and can get away with pretty much anything he wants. It also helps that his father is completely loaded. After playing a prank on a goth at school, Kendra, it completely backfires. Kendra is actually a witch and puts a spell on Kyle to teach him a lesson. He is transformed into everything he hates, an ugly and repulsive guy. Kyle has a specific amount of time to get someone to truly love him in the state that he is now in.
If Kyle fails to get someone to fall in love with him, he will suffer the fate of looking like a beast for all time!
== Cast ==
Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingston/Hunter
Vanessa Hudgens as Linda "Lindy" Taylor
Mary-Kate Olsen as Kendra Hilferty
Neil Patrick Harris as Will Fratalli
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Zola
Peter Krause as Rob Kingston
Dakota Johnson as Sloane Hagen
Erik Knudsen as Trey Madison
Regina King as Letisha
David Francis as Dr. Davis
Brian Eastman as Dan Granburg
Gio Perez as Victor barrel
Roc LaFortune as Lindy's father
== What I thought ==
As a book, I loved Beastly. I had put off watching it due to being wary about how it would change after being made into a film.
I have said before that I am not the greatest fan of Alex Pettyfer and unfortunately, this film hasn't changed my view. While he does ok in the role, he isn't anything spectacular. I actually don't think that this was as much Pettyfer's fault as it was the filmmakers'. His character, Kyle, isn't given the chance to shine and the film quickly goes into the beastly transformation. If his character had more time to develop and show just how shallow and self centered he was, Pettyfer would have had more to go on and to work with. Instead, he is all about being the better man and I didn't really feel that he was as shallow as he was supposed to be.
Vanessa Hudgens wasn't much better although she has come quite a long way since her High School Musical days. I HATED her in those films but at least now, she was barable. Hudgens plays Lindy, the girl who Kyle thinks can possibly love him now that he's changed. To begin with, she was a squeaky teenage girl who annoyed me from the begginning. There is also something about her that makes her too sweet and innocent sounding, taking away the depth that her character could have had. Again, this is an aspect of the film that wasn't given enough time to develop. Lindy has massive family problems and this wasn't showcased enough to make it seem as important as it actually was.
Surprisingly, Mary-Kate Olsen is the cast member who stole the show for me. Compared to the likes of Pettyfer and Hudgens, Olsen has a lot more on screen presence. In each of her scenes, although she doesn't have that many, she demands attention and my eyes were always on her and what she would do next. I think playing this role was a very clever move for Olsen, showing that she can play a lot more than teenagers with nothing interesting about them. Although I know the story doesn't call for it, I do wish that Olsen and her character had more time on screen and a bigger part in the film overall.
As much as I liked this film, I do have some problems with how big some of the changes were compared to the book. Something that I really don't understand about book to film conversions are why people's names get changed. Ok, it was mainly only surnames and the name Kyle uses after he has changed but why? Surely things like this don't really make that much of a difference do they? One of the biggest changes though was how the beast was portrayed. In the book, Kyle ends up with fur and fangs, keeping as close to the real story as possible but in the film, he is covered in strange markings, tattoos and scars. I did like that it gave this story a new lease of life but I would have preferred for the film to have stayed closer to the book. For me, this was something that was too big and important to change.
While this film wasn't perfect for me, it was still enjoyable. I think the thing is, Beastly is a 12A and aimed at teenagers, rather than adults. With this being said, I think teenagers will enjoy it a hell of a lot more than I, and many others, did. Beastly is a light romantic film with a deeper message that wasn't conveyed as well as it could have been. Something I will say to anyone who hasn't already seen this film - if you want to, don't read the book first! It is far superior.
When I heard that a modern day interpretation of Beauty and the Beast was coming out, the little girl inside me smiled with glee. I did not particularly like the tale the first time round, but the twists and turns of modern day interpretations are always more entertaining.
Kyle - He is the main character, starting off as a egotistical young man that believes that looks are everything. His approach to an environmental campaign rattled a few cages and he was cursed. When he is cursed with ugliness, he has to learn that people will love him despite his outward appearances. Whether he actually learnt anything is debatable as his character did not appear to change, he just lost his confidence in his ugly shell.
Lindy - She is played by Vanessa Hudsen, and as a general rule I tend to avoid watching anything she stars in as I do not like teen star productions, but this time I could not resist. She didn't really add anything to movie, other than a couple of thoughtful one liners including a wondering on why love letters are never written any more.
Kendra - She is the witch that curses Kyle and is played by Mary-Kate Olsen, one of the few roles she has played without her sister, Ashley. I quite like the mystery that surrounds her and her witchcraft. She doesn't give much away and just flits in and out of scenes like a gothic butterfly.
The movie starts with Kyle giving a speech to the school in order to get votes for president of the environmental society, rather than speaking about climate change etc, he talks about how he will get votes based on his looks. This ideology was placed in him on his father, and has served him well until now.
Kyle invites Kendra to a dance as his guest as an apology for disrespecting her, but he just mocks her in front of the crowd and with that, the curse is placed. When Kyle steps outside for fresh air, he discovered that his golden locks have disappeared and been replaced with scarred skin. I must say that for scars they are quite artistic and almost pretty.
The rest of the film sees Kyle in hiding, as he cannot face the world as an ugly person. He is shunned to one of his father's houses, because his own father cannot even bare to look at him. How on earth does he get a fellow scholar, Lindy, to fall in love with him?
Generally speaking, I liked this film. I preferred the modern interpretation of Beauty and the Beast to the original Disney version. However, I feel that Kyle did not learn much about appreciating inner beauty, because he is still choosing beautiful young women and he hides in the shadows in his ugly form for 90% of the movie.
I do like the tension in the plot, as time is running out for Kyle to find someone that loves him, although you would expect a happy ending as Beauty and the Beast had one, but I did have the ideology in my head that Daniel Barnz (writer) might throw all tradition to the wind in this dark interpretation.
This film is definitely worth watching if you like hearing Red Reding Hood from the wolf's point of view and other unusual takes on traditional childhood stories. However, do remember the acting may not be the best as the cast have previously been seen in "High School Musical" and "Mary-Kate and Ashley".
Film Only Review
Kyle is good-looking, and he knows it . He expects his good looks to carry him through life, and when it comes to running for president of a school club, it seems he is right. Not satisfied with lording his victory over his less good looking rivals, he decides to have a giggle at the expense of a girl named Kendra, inviting her as his date to an event, and then publicly mocking her.
Little does he know that Kendra is a witch - and she curses him making him as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, and giving him a year to find someone who loves him for who he truly is. Can Kyle find someone who can look beyond the physical to the man inside, and will he learn anything in the process?
It's probably pretty obvious from the paragraphs above that this film is a modern day retelling of the 'Beauty and the Beast' fairytale, one that is largely aimed at teenagers , and fits in nicely with the current trend for all things supernatural in teen films - vampires, werewolves, and now witches. The cast certainly seem to have been selected to appeal to people in this age range, with Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Kate Olsen, and Alex Pettyfer all having substantial roles in the film,
Alex Pettyfer is very convincing as the vain and arrogant teen, but rather less so once the transformation into hideous beast has taken place . I don't know if he is entirely blame for this, as some blame must lie with whoever designed his beast make-up - he just doesn't look that ugly. A little weird, sure, but not an outright minger, which seems to really rather defeat the point of the whole story . And, although he did a few nice things in the film, there didn't really seem to be any subtle softening of character, and he still seemed like a bit of an arrogant idiot at the end,
And Vanessa Hudgens, as the 'beauty' of the tale, is just too sickly sweet and nice. After all, this isn't a Disney film, and there really is no need for her to be quite so bland and utterly devoid of personality. She seemed unable to display any emotion, and seems to have merely been included as a pretty face that will draw in a young crowd of viewers.
The modern setting of the story didn't really work - it seemed like they were really stretching to make it fit - am I to believe that, when his daughters life is in danger, a man would hand her into the safekeeping of a total stranger before attempting any kind of more sensible path, such as perhaps asking for police witness protection? Or that the adults responsible for looking after both teens, would allow them to go stay unaccompanied in a lakeside house when there is an obvious case of lust going on from the guys side and the girl is still a minor ? Little niggles like this really sapped any believability from the story - and therefore any real enjoyment.
Kyle comments near the beginning of the movie that people should learn to 'Embrace the Suck'. Well, I don't take that approach to life - I think the sensible person chooses to avoid the suck if at all possible, and would advise such sensible people to avoid this movie, as suck is exactly what it is .
Utter tripe - 1 star.