Beastly based on Beauty and the Beast
Grossing about $6 million on opening day, Beastly is the modern day version of the classic Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.
With an array of celebrities that would make any teenage girl want to see the film, it has unique ties and similarities to the original film.
Beastly tells the story of a rich, New York high school heartthrob, Kyle Kingson, played by Alex Pettyfer, who knows only outward physical beauty rather than true inner beauty.
Mary-Kate Olsen plays a fellow student, Kendra Hilferty, who dabbles in magic and places a curse on Kyle to make him understand how to love rather than to lust. The trick is that he has a year to have someone fall in love with him and say the coveted words, “I love you.”
After being transformed into a monster, Kyle became covered with over 60 body tattoos, cuts and scrapes around his face and what resembles burn marks. Kyle is forced to live this new life which he did not choose.
His father abandons him to keep him secluded in an apartment only to live with his new and blind tutor, Will, played by Neil Patrick Harris, and his maid who basically represent the clock and the teapot characters from the original.
Trying to live the new unwanted life, Kyle befriends a girl from his old high school, Lindy Taylor, played by High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens.
Unshaken by his looks, Lindy’s friendship with Kyle goes to new levels, and Kyle soon finds himself falling in love with her.
The parallels between Beastly and Beauty and the Beast are very well done.
Roses are a significant flower in this movie, just as they were in the 1991 version.
Also, Lindy is forced to live with Kyle just as Belle had to live with the Beast.
Probably the biggest parallel of all, other than the infamous roses, would be the scene in the movie when Lindy and Kyle spend a gorgeous day at the lake, but are interrupted when Lindy gets a call from a hospital saying her dad overdosed and has been admitted.
Kyle, finally becoming the decent guy he should have always been, tells Lindy that she should go to her father. This scene is sentimental and resembles the original movie so much that it could give viewers chills and put smiles on their faces.
Aside from retelling one of the best fairy tales of all time, the acting in this movie was only mediocre.
When Olsen grew out of her cute looks after the hit 90’s show Full House, she also grew out of her acting ability. Every line she uttered seemed to be just empty words. At times even Hudgens and Pettyfer had moments of poor acting. However, Olsen took the cake for being the worst.
Is this an amazing film that everyone should see? No.
However, if you love the story of a man, ugly on the inside, transforming into a man who loves and cares about things that really matter all because of love, go see Beastly.