Beastly – Movie Review

Based on the book by Alex Flinn of the same title, this movie follows the trials and tribulations of a young boy, Kyle, who is outwardly good looking, cocky, arrogant, and about to get a taste of what it’s like to not be so blessed.  Kyle’s world is turned upside down, and inside out, when he ticks off a witch who puts a curse on him.  Now he has one year to find someone who can love a beast.

This movie (as well as the book of the same title) is a re-telling of the classic love story of Beauty and the Beast.  I really enjoyed this movie.  The book was slightly different (as all books to movie adaptations are likely to be) but looking at them as two separate entities (which they are) the movie was solid on its own.  The acting was decent, the settings were great, and of course I love the plot.  Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale EVER. So I obviously read the book the second I knew about it and therefore I had to see the movie.

I think that one of the biggest qualms people will have with the movie is that Kyle isn’t so much “Beastly” as “different” which in Kyle’s world different is beastly.  From the trailers (or the movie poster picture above) anyone can tell that his face is scarred, there are slight boils, and lacerations; whereas in the book Kyle had the challenge of also growing fur (like a beast).  I think they changed it in the movie for special effects sake, and for modernity rationale.

I think that overall they did a great job adapting this book for screen.  Well done.


One thought on “Beastly – Movie Review

  1. mindy March 19, 2011 / 1:19 pm


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