“BEASTLY”— A Modern Retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast”


A Modern Look at “The Beauty and the Beast”

Amos Lassen

“The Beauty and the Beast” is one of those immortal fairy tales that can be adapted for any place and any age. Here it is set in New York City and a teen is transformed into a hideous monster so that he can find true love. Kyle (the good-looking Alex Pettyfer) thinks that he is the best thing to come along in centuries and at his high school he acts as if he is God’s gift to the world. He plays a trick on Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) but he does not know that she is a witch. In turn Kendra puts a curse on him by changing his appearance to a horrible beast and she grants him a year to find someone to love him or remain beastly forever.

Well what I can say? Teens will love this but I doubt that many thinking adults will give it a thought. The original story is changed and everything here happens very quickly and the tragedy of the original is not there.  Kyle may look like a best but he acts like a brat who just whines and actually comes across as a comedic character. Neil Patrick Harris turns in a wonderful performance and he actually saved the movie from being dismal. That Olsen girl is ok but she always looks as if she had just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine and not at all like a witch. This is not an awful movie—it just is not a good movie and the ending was totally without meaning.

When the ending finally came there are no surprises as there was really no beginning, no middle and no end.  The story went through a major butchering and that hurt the project but if this your thing, by all means, go and see it.

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