Excerpt: Seventeen-year-old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation. In order to teach Kyle a lesson, Kendra transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. Now he has one year to find someone to love him, or he will remain Beastly forever.
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.
Summary: What if it weren't a story? Beastly delivers exactly as promised, re-telling a "tale as old as time" about the true meaning of love. While that's a plus -- the theme is a good one and always timely -- that also happens to be its greatest weakness. Beastly is just too generic, even if it's been spruced up to flashy 2011 standards.
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: Kyle (Alex Pettyfer, I Am Number Four ) is a big fat jerk. Actually, he's a thin, super-attractive jerk who constantly derides anyone less physically beautiful than himself (read: almost everyone). He just won a race for class president running on a "vote for me because I'm hot and my dad (Peter Krause, Parenthood ) is rich" platform (I'm not being snarky; that's actually his campaign slogan).
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.