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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: The story is one that has been told enough, and usually far better. This modern twist brings out little, and honestly who doesn't expect the rich pretty boy to be a smug jerk? About the best part is the end scene with Peter Krause - who plays Kyle's equally smug dad - who may or may not get his.
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.
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.
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.
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...