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Beastly (2011)

January. 21,2011
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5.6
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PG-13
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A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the weaker and less attractive. When Kyle invites his misfit classmate Kendra to an environmental rally at their school, she questions his motivations but reluctantly accepts. Later, Kyle blows Kendra off, prompting the spurned goth girl to cast a dark spell on the swaggering egotist.

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Cubussoli
2011/01/21

Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!

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Humaira Grant
2011/01/22

It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.

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Sameer Callahan
2011/01/23

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

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Mathilde the Guild
2011/01/24

Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.

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Shea Goodson
2011/01/25

I know everyone hates when people say "the book was so much better." But in this case, it was, to some degree. While the books portray the leads as much younger (8-9th grade), the story telling is much better. They inserted things into the movie which did not push the story line forward and were blatantly unnecessary. To make it worse, they left out key scenes, meaning giant holes in the plot. AND... they completely changed the end. All of this did not make the movie better or more dramatic or easier to film. It took away from the story in a way that was unfair to the author. If you're interested, it's actually 2 short books. I read them both in a day. The Kendra Chronicals. Beastly and Lindy's Diary. You're meant to start with Beastly, then pause and read Lindy's Diary, then resume and finish Beastly. Even if you've seen and enjoyed the movie, I promise - you won't see the real ending coming. Together, they are only about seven dollars on Amazon kindle. So worth it. Because the characters are a little younger, some of it seems quite juvenile, and rightly so. But their motivations are much more powerful and it makes for a compelling, if short, read.

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Madame Monster
2011/01/26

When I heard they were making another Beauty and The Beast remake I thought it was extremely unnecessary but kept an open mind. Sadly though it was extremely horrible.1. The characters are terrible and dull to watch. I know hardly anything about these people so why should I care about what's happening with them? It doesn't help that they're acting makes Megan Fox look like Jenifer Lawrence, yes it's that bad.2. The romance in this movie is horrendous. Remember how Beast in the Disney movie saved Belles life and that helped start their romance? In this movie all he does is give her nice things. At least when Beast showed Belle the library he knew she liked those things so he was interested in her personality. The girl in this movie is okay with falling in love with someone that is keeping her hostage and the guy can't think of a clever way to win her heart other than give her stuff. Which makes him more unlikable since he blackmailed her father into letting her stay with him. Heck he even stalks her after spending only two scenes together. Which apparently is never creepy in any movie (Twilight.) 3. The story is a mess with plot holes and too many questions that have no answers. Why can't they find a doctor that help his baldness and skin? Why did he think that insulting a crowd to gain their votes for election was a good idea? Why did the maid and Neil Patrick Harris suddenly get their wishes fulfilled? Why didn't the main male lead stop the second drug dealer at the beginning so he wouldn't hurt the girl? I could go on and on but that would be wasting time.This is one of the worst teenage romances ever. Nothing about this movie worked well. Neil Patrick Harris had a few funny moments but even then he had some bad dialog. The story sucks, the acting sucks, the romance sucks, the characters suck, the pacing sucks and it left a bad taste with me.Just watch the Disney movie or if you want one that's more similar to the fantasy book watch the French movie 1946 made by Jean Cockteau.

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Katniss123
2011/01/27

I didn't like this movie at all. There's one cliché following the other. The characters are boring and walking clichés. The good looking guy who is convinced that you can only achieve things if you're handsome? Come on, do the filmmakers think teenagers are stupid? I felt like a child who watches some movie in school to learn that good looks aren't everything. But that's not everything. This poor boy has a father who isn't interested in his son but only in his son's looks. When the boy suddenly turns "ugly" his father simply takes him to another apartment. That's so sad! I really felt sorry for myself wasting my time with this movie. The girl on the other hand is perfect. Okay it's "Beauty and the Beast" but if they wanted to make a believable story they should have made the characters way more authentic and the dialogues much better. The dialogues have no content at all and are absolutely ridiculous! I really like the story of "Beauty and the Beast" and am therefore very disappointed of this movie.

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Paul Magne Haakonsen
2011/01/28

Well, "Beastly" is definitely a teenage sugar-coated love romance, and would be very well enjoyed if you are a teenager. Of which, I am not. So sitting through this movie was somewhat of a challenge.Why? Well, because it was so predictable, and because it was so sugar-coated that my teeth started to hurt just watching it.That being said, then it wasn't all together a bad movie, far from it. The movie did have its moments, but again, I must emphasize that you have to be a teenager to fully enjoy this movie for what it is.What made the movie semi-interesting for my parts was the take on how the world reacts to people who are not one of the "beautiful people" or one of the popular people. If you are different in any way, society and the majority of the herd-mentality-fed mass will shun you and treat you as an outcast, and the movie did portray this aspect of society in a good enough way. However, personally, I think the movie could have had a heap more moments where Kyle would be out in public with his disfigured face, instead of just being hidden away in that apartment.Furthermore, it was nice to see Neil Patrick Harris make an appearance in the movie, and his characters was adding a lot of interesting flavor to the movie. But more than so, to see Mary-Kate Olsen in the movie was just phenomenal, and especially in that particularly odd character she was playing. These two people actually made it worth to sit through the movie as a non-teenager.Story-wise, then "Beastly" is as plain and predictable as stories go. No surprises here, and you know the ending to the movie right from the very moment even before you put the disc into the DVD player. Everything in the story have been seen before in other stories and movies, so don't expect anything groundbreaking here. As for this being a modern take on the "Beauty and the Beast" story, well, that is debatable. I, personally, didn't see it as such, but more like a teenage spin-off of that particular classic story.Acting-wise, well I wouldn't exactly say that the performances put on in this movie was particularly memorable by any account. It is fairly straight out the generic acting line, without any outstanding star moments."Beastly" is in my opinion a mediocre movie. But I am sure that there is heap of teenage girls and women out there who would disagree with me on that verdict.

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