Friday, July 10, 2015

Beastly (2011)

Director: Daniel Barnz

Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause, Neil Patrick Harris

Kyle Kingson, the arrogant and vain son of wealthy and equally arrogant and vain news anchor Rob Kingson, bullies the witch Kendra Hilferty who magically transforms handsome Kyle into a bald, tattooed, and scarred shell. If Kyle does not find someone who loves him by the next spring he will remain in this ugly state forever. Kyle is taken to live in a private house with their maid Zola Davies and the blind tutor Will. Both are a comfort to Kyle when his father begins to neglect him.

Beastly is a 2011 romantic fantasy drama film loosely based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and is set in modern-day New York City. There was really nothing new added to the story at all. It was just a rich asshole teenager that is put in his place by a weird rich girl that did not really like him. He finds a "poor" girl that he feels sorry for and likes.

The "beast" factor in the movie was not like the normal big furry beast. It was a tree tattoo and metal wiring embedded in his head. It was a little stupid. You just someone to pull out that metal wire out of his head.

Mary-Kate Olsen looked like a young Stevie Nicks throughout the whole movie, which was a big plus. I love the crazy twins. It was really nice to see one of them in a movie, but they do not need the movie either. I do not know what in the hell Neil Patrick Harris was doing in this movie. Did he need the money that bad? Did his husband need a new car? It was sad to see him in this movie, but he was good in the role.

It was an ok movie to watch. it was not the best telling of the story, but it was not the worst either. It was made for the newer MTV crowd. Not the best audience that you could have, but they do not have high expectations either. Watch it if you must. I watched it, so you don't have to.

Beastly (2011) Trailer


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