Thursday, May 12, 2011
Movie Review: BEASTLY
GENRE: Romantic, Science-Fiction
Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) thinks he is God's gift at his high school. He plays a prank on a fellow high school student, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who, unbeknown to him is a witch. Kendra teaches him a lesson by putting a curse on him making him as beastly on the outside as he is on the inside. He has one year to find someone to fall in love with him or stay like that forever.
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writers: Daniel Barnz (screenplay), Alex Flinn (novel)
Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen
Beastly was a barely feel-good romantic film that could easily be forgotten and not worth to be watched again. It is just like watching an ordinary romance between an ugly beast over a charming woman induced with Modern twist.
Yes, it is a MODERN DAY BEAUTY AND THE BEST but it lacks magic, chemistry and even the vital factor of making this film even more appealing as romantic. Beastly is also a science-fiction one drooling over the cliche reality one could fall in love with a beast.
However, the mood and the characters in the story fairly did well helping the whole movie to survive from a complete trash. Thanks to ALEX who is so hot and attractive despite him being in those nerve-studded body and face. And of course, an average performance from PINAY PRIDE and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL STAR, Vanessa Ann Hudgens. In fairness, Vanessa was stunning in the film. However, the ordinary performances of the main casts especially the leads weren't enough to bring it to the cut or even the average line.
The story was kinda lame and shallow considering ALEX was being punished by a WITCH turning him into a more or less BEAST look. Then, here comes Vanessa... falling in love with Alex despite his looks. Kinda an overused plot for centuries. What is disappointing is that the CLIMAX and the RESOLUTION is so weak that you couldn't even identify whats the catch and whats the problem. The storyline was also compromised with a more or less cheap production and setting. The movie ended with just a short notice leaving no impact at all.
Indeed, this is a feel-good movie with nothing special or extraordinary about it and is worth watching for one time only. But hey, this film isn't bad at all. Its not just great.
PS: Some reviews stated that BEASTLY was a Book adaptation. Whatever it is... Fans of such must be contained in such verbal adaptation than the visual one.
RATINGS: 2 STARS