New film serves as a modern version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By Joel Pinero
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Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) starred in the latest novel turned movie “Beastly.”

“Beastly” is a movie based on a novel based on a fairy-tale made famous by the classic Disney animation, “Beauty and the Beast.” It reintroduces the classic story but fails to impress.

Kyle Kingson, (Pettyfer) is a cruel, rich, superficial teenager who thinks that looks will get you everything.

In an effort to embarrass the “ugly,” he invites the Goth, “Witch” Kendra, (Mary-Kate Olsen) to a party and then blows her off, prompting her to cast a dark spell on him.

The spell causes Kyle to turn into an unsightly monster that strikes fear into the heart of everyone he meets, and the only way to reverse it is for him to find someone who can love him for who he is on the inside.

After being kicked out of his house by his father, he is left in the hands of his housekeeper and a blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris).

On a dark night, while wandering the streets he comes across a drug addict who killed a threatening dealer. Kyle promises the addict his silence and also protection for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens).

Unhappy with the situation, Lindy is outraged and despises Kyle. But with time running out, Kyle needs to get her to fall in love with him for who he is, for she is the only way to break the curse that torments his existence.

Although the movie was visually stunning it lacked a good script as well as good acting. The acting was not believable.

The best part of the movie had to be the make-up that was used to create Pettyfer’s character.

One of the best characters had to be Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a teenage witch. Her character was very gothic and edgy. She definitely displayed a new side to her and her talent.

“The movie had a lot of great moments and great special effects,” moviegoer, Brian Alicea, said.

Another moviegoer, Din Griffin said, “It has to be one of the worst movies I have seen all year.”

Running for 95 minutes “Beastly,” is rated PG-13.