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Beastly is a modernized version of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast.”

AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER…

Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. Let me give you a quick rundown…

A traveling merchant becomes lost in the forest and takes shelter in a glorious palace.  He eats exquisite food and sleeps in lavish comfort.  Just before leaving, he picks a rose for his daughter, Belle, and a beast appears before him in the garden, angered that the merchant would steal from him after accepting his hospitality.  The merchant explains that the rose is for his daughter, and the beast agrees to let the merchant return home, if he will send Belle to the castle in his place.

Belle (a French name meaning “Beauty”) goes to the castle and is spoiled with luxurious gifts, clothing and food.  She and the beast have long conversations each night, and at the end of each conversation, the beast asks her to marry him.  Each night she declines.

Eventually Belle becomes homesick and begs to go home to visit her father.  The beast allows her to go if she promises to return in exactly one week, and gives her an enchanted mirror to see him whenever she gazes into it.  Belle returns home, where her sisters are jealous of her extravagant lifestyle, and trick her into staying longer than a week, hoping the beast will be angry with her.

Feeling guilty for breaking her promise, Belle looks into the mirror, and sees the beast lying in the garden, nearly dead.  She returns to him immediately, and cries over him telling him that she loves him.  Her tears and her words break the spell that was cast onto him by an evil witch, and he turns into a handsome prince.  They of course, live happily ever after.  Good stuff…

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Rated: PG-13 for language, brief violence and some thematic material.
  • Released: March 4, 2010
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • My Opinion: I really liked it.

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

Beastly is a very contemporary take on the old fairy tale, and is set in New York City.  Kyle is a young man that is truly mean and selfish.  When a curse is placed upon him by a gothic teenage girl (played by Mary Kate Olsen), he becomes ugly on the outside too.  He has to make someone fall in love with him and say out loud the words “I Love You” in one year’s time.  If he does not succeed he will remain “beastly” forever.

After saving a man in an alley, Kyle bargains with him, and pays off his drug dept in exchange for the man sending his daughter to live with him.   At first Lindy despises living with Kyle, yet eventually they become friends.  Just before the year mark deadline arrives, Lindy has to rush to her fathers’ side when he overdoses, and Kyle may lose his chance to hear her profess her love to him.

MY THOUGHTS

Although this was an extremely teeny bopper movie, I enjoyed it.  I liked that the story kept very true to the original elements in the fairy tale.  I loved that it was filmed in New York City.  I adored the goth witch girl, all tattooed and wicked persona.  (Forget being Beauty, I want to be HER!)  The young man becoming hideously ugly rather than becoming an animal-like beast was a great alteration, the importance of being beautiful on the inside was better enforced that way.  I enjoyed that the Beast, instead of Beauty, was the center of this story line, and that we saw the tale unfold from his point of view.

With an open mind, and acceptance that this movie was geared toward a young audience, I think you’ll enjoy Beastly too.  And be sure to check out the Beastly soundtrack.  Yes it was teen angst music in all its glory, but it rocked.

WHERE TO FIND BEASTLY

  • Beastly is currently playing in movie theaters.
  • You can save Beastly in your Netflix queue.

IF YOU ENJOYED BEASTLY, YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  • The Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Uptown Girls starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning about a young woman who has a rude awakening when her inheritance runs out and she has to take a job as a nanny.