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Beastly (2011)

January. 21,2011
| Fantasy Drama Romance

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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This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.


At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.

Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

Portia Hilton

Blistering performances.

Shea Goodson

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.


Well that's a shame because the book was pretty good. This was just a terrible movie on all counts, bad acting from the two leads (well, everyone involved actually) cliché story -even for a teen drama with this somehow ending up feeling more like a TV show than a movie. I also didn't care for Kyle's beast makeup, it was way over the top and honestly never did figure out how he explained his changes to his father? The story also jumps around with serious continuality issues, I mean you know what's happening and why but it just felt rushed and didn't flow properly. On the plus-side I did enjoy (surprise) one of the Olsen twins as the witch and Neil Patrick Harris's blind character gave me a couple of smirks that never developed into laughs. 6/4/14


To take an elegant story like Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and turn it into this is a shame and a waste of talent. The story is horrid, the acting is terrible. The only thing I kept hoping was that was almost over.Not a big fan of Vanessa Hudgens or Alex Pettyfer, and this film did not help that.More could have been made of a live action version of Beauty and the Beast, but the filmmakers here just threw this mess together like a bad lunch. I gave it 4 stars just because I feel so sorry for the people who DID work hard! A bad movie that I wish I could have avoided! AWFUL!!


This movie definitely adds a modern twist to the story of Beauty and the Beast. This is a story about a boy in high school who is running for class president. His reason for why he will win class president is because he is the best looking candidate for the position. This is an exaggeration of a part of our society today. Beastly exaggerates our focus on appearance in society and incorporates it into a familiar story. The focus on appearance was over used as the central problem for the plot in the movie. In this movie the main character does look right for the position but he also says he looks right for the position during a speech while he is campaigning. This just seemed strange because it is not a typical thing to hear from people running for an elected position. This theme gets worn down quickly in this movie. Appearance is a big part of high school and that is probably why the director chose the setting to be in a high school. Younger actors were chosen to play the lead roles in the high school setting. The acting in this movie was consistent and the actors seemed to know the character they were supposed to be. It was a return for one of the Olsen twins. The character Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) was dressed in dark clothing and makeup and she seemed out of place in the high school setting. It just seemed like the character did not match the setting. The change in appearance of the main character Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) was done well and it looked like the appearance took time and effort to create. It did give you the sense that he looked more like a beast after his appearance was changed by Kendra. Lindy, the character who is the love interest of Kyle, is played by Vanessa Hudgens. Her part in the film is intended to spark interest in teens to see the movie. Neil Patrick Harris plays a character that helps Kyle. His character gave some comic relief to the dark and serious part of the movie.There was not a lot of originality to this movie. It uses the plot of Beauty and the Beast and makes it modern. The movie is also a typical love story. Lindy and Kyle are in love and the story focuses on how their relationship begins. The plot development is also not original. Kyle needs to learn the lesson that appearance is not everything and the whole movie is about what he learns while he looks beastly. Only this lesson, as stated earlier, is over used throughout the movie. The root of the idea that appearance is everything comes from his parents. This does cause us to have some sympathy towards Kyle and not think of him as an awful human being because of what he believes. This information was a good thing to include in the development of the story.Overall, Beastly should not be put on a bucket list of movies to see. The appeal of this movie is the modern twist of a story. It is probably somewhat popular because of the actors. If the message of the movie is not clear at first it will definitely be clear by the end. The audience will know, as stated earlier, looks are not everything.