The tale’s as old as time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be modernised. Based on the 2007 book, of the same name, Beastly is a modern film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, set in New York.
The story follows Kyle Kingsbury, played by Alex Pettyfer, a teenager who was raised to believe that looks were everything. He’s rich, good looking and just an all round bad guy. One day, he angers the wrong person; she turns out to be a witch, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, and curses him by taking away his good looks. His father sends him to live alone so no one would see him and he soon learns, through social networks of course, that people didn’t really like him after all.
A tutor is hired to help him keep up with his schoolwork; the tutor is blind and played by Neil Patrick Harris. His solitude is also broken by a maid, because his lesson his about beauty not picking up after himself. One day he saves one of his old classmates, Vanessa Hudgens, from muggers. He then brings her back to his home to protect her. He only has a year to find love or he’ll be ugly forever, will he make it in time?
The trailer makes it clear that this is aimed at romance fans. I mean real romance fan, it’s not diluted with comedy you have to have a strong stomach for this kind of love story. Twilight fans will probably love it and boyfriends of Twilight fans will probably hate it even more than Twilight.
I’m going to judge the film by looks for a minute. The scars/tattoos that are given to Kyle, as unappealing as they are, don’t really scream ugly. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be happy to have it done to me, I just mean when I heard it took six hours every day to apply the full-body makeup, I was expecting more. Hudgens’ character says it herself ‘I’ve seen worse’. As I haven’t read the book, it’s hard to say how loyal they were in terms of character description.
The film was originally intended to be released last July, but it was moved to avoid going head to head with Zac Efron’s Charlie St. Cloud. The reason they didn’t want to release it at the same time as Charlie St. Cloud was so fans of both Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens would not have to face the dilemma of choosing sides. The movie will now come to cinemas on the 4th of March, in the US, and on the 22nd of April, in the UK and Ireland.
What do you think of the trailer? Do you think the movie looks good? Were there ever really two Olsen twins, Mary-Kate’s the only one that seems to act these days?