Summary: If you’re a tween girl or have no problem ignoring bad acting, clumsy writing, or ham-handed filmmaking, then by all mean rent or even purchase Beastly. Let me put it this way, if you love the Twilight movies, you’ll have no problem with this. However, if you are not a tween girl and are looking for something in a movie outside of staring at hotties, your money would best be spent elsewhere.
Conclusion: Beastly takes an old idea, sets it in modern times, and more or less leaves it at that. The script is flat and the emotions are necessarily predictable, but that doesn't stop the movie from pulling on the old heartstrings a few times. The movie feels superfluous; it's well made, the acting is decent enough, and the story holds true, but this one is far from being anything more than a competent, watchable, and forgettable time killer that won't resonate simply because...
Excerpt: The first 10 or 15 minutes of Beastly are great. We’re introduced to Kyle (Alex Pettyfer), high school superstar running for the green club president. Kyle though, he doesn’t care about being green or the environment, just about looking good. His rally speech, taking place in an absurdly expensive high school with hundreds of adoring followers, shreds ugly people and their worthlessness.
Excerpt: The Film Pretty boy Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is sitting on top of the world. He's got money, he's newly elected as his school's student body president and he's got his good looks. He's also got a seriously bad attitude that results in him humiliating Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a classmate rumored to be a witch. She gets her payback by transforming him into someone as Beastly on the outside as he is on the inside.
Conclusion: 'Beastly' is, at times, hilarious, and at other times as ugly as its main character. It's just so insipid and one-dimensional that it's impossible to take seriously. All the romance of the classic tale has been eradicated and replaced with pretty twenty-somethings and emo-rock music. Perhaps the saddest thing about the movie is that not even Neil Patrick Harris can make it watchable. The audio and video are nice, the supplements meager.
Excerpt: A good fairytale starts outward and moves in. It takes something so polarized that it appears almost inhuman and whittles it down to a recognizable familiarity. The castle in Beauty and the Beast is a good example. At first it’s this gargantuan, cold fortress; but by the end Belle somehow makes it feel cozy and warm. The same logic could be applied to Rapunzel’s hair or Pongo and Perdita’s litter of Dalmatians.
Excerpt: I'm honestly baffled by "Beastly" and I'm not sure if it's just my personal reaction to this brain-dead feature or if there's something genuinely crooked about its assembly. I walked away from the film with a host of questions, as far away from the state of swoon the producers intended as possible. It's a cold, often unbearably illogical film, but I almost need to recommend it just for the opportunity to read varied reactions from moviegoers.
Excerpt: It’s almost impressive how far Beastly bends over backward to bring the “Beauty And The Beast” story into the modern world. While forcibly incorporating cell phones, social media, texting, and Google into the action, it still keeps the beats of the original fairy tale, even up to the caring father whose poor decisions condemn his daughter to life in a monster’s castle.