Usually I review my latest read on Tuesday Review Day yet, my weekend was so busy I didn't get to finish in time. However, I did get to the movie theater over the weekend with my BFF to see Beastly! In case the rock you live under does not have cable, Beastly is a modern-day adaptation of Beauty and the Beast based on the book written by Alex Flinn (which I did not get to read before watching the movie).
Premise: Kyle, played by Alex Pettyfer, is not your average stuck-up, good-looking rich kid that knows he's hot and has it all. No, he's much worse. And because of his narcissism, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) the school witch, curses him to be as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. Long story short, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) ends up living with Kyle and falling in love yadda yadda.
My Review: I thought the movie was corny. Cheesy. As in, trying to be romantic but failing -horribly. Since I Am Number Four, I am now a huge fan of Alex Pettyfer and therefore can do no wrong in my eyes, so I blame it on bad dialogue. The script called for him to say lines that took away from how good an actor he can be and from how hot he is! It was a little hard to watch. The other downfall of this film? Vanessa Hudgens. I was never a fan of her to begin with but this movie just confirmed it. She never seemed passionate about anything she said, her facial expression never seemed to match the mood she was supposed to be in or even the words she was speaking.
You might be wondering if there was anything about the movie I did like. I actually really enjoyed Mary-Kate Olsen's character even though she wasn't in it as much as I would have hoped. She looked the part wonderfully and came off as a really creepy witch-girl that I would not want to mess with! And of course, Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious. He is the perfect comic relief in this otherwise bland movie. Maybe it would have been better if these two characters were more prominent.
The only other thing I liked was the little bits of wit with the names (this I assume comes from the book and therefore not really accredited to the movie version). Once Kyle is cursed by the witch, he changes his name to Hunter so Lindy won't recognize him from school. Now, I'm guessing "Hunter" was as close as the author could get to a beast of a name, which isn't too bad. I also think Lindy is another play on words: Linda in Spanish means pretty or beautiful, so he named her Lindy - Belle means beauty - get it?
Overall: I'm hoping the book was better than the movie because I would not tell my friends to rush out and see this movie. I would tell them to wait until it came on TV for free!
Oh, and this pic of Alex Pettyfer half-naked? It's not really for any purpose other than another chance to drool over him! He is delicious!