blo Teens Read and Write: Movie Review: BEASTLY

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Movie Review: BEASTLY

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: March 4

Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all -- looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity -- and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is -- a task he considers impossible.

We put together a skit and took a stab at a video review - Czech it out!

As a guy I'm genetically prone to avoid romances and AT ALL COSTS...romantic comedies. But maybe I'm going soft because I enjoyed Beastly. Based on the Alex Finn novel, the movie had a great balance of humor and sincerity. 

As the 'beast' his portrayal of shy, tortured, unsure and awkward was endearing - the ladies will love it. Sitting next to me in the theater, Alyssa practically melted. But the real treat is Neil Patrick Harris as Kyle's blind tutor. He steals the show as with his effortlessly delivered dry sarcastic humor.

Love interest, Lindy, on the other hand, is so unforgettable I had to look up her name on IMDB.

Oh IMDB, what would I do without you?

Hudgens' acting is fine, it's the character that's boring. But Kyle has to have someone to moon over. Another downside is that the story took a while to get going. There was a lot of unnecessary moping scenes, and Kyle wasn't even shirtless!
99% of the reason people(woman) went to see this movie
But other than a couple of drawbacks, once it gets going, Beastly delivers solid, sweet (if a little cheesy, but in a good way) romance with lots of good laughs.  


Blodeuedd said...

I am feeling rather meh towards this one...but will still watch it on DVD ;)

Jenny N. said...

Love your review. I'm going to see it later today.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Ba ha ha ha ha! Loved the acting! Oh, you need to do more of these! Great review!

LM Preston said...

Love the video. I just watched the movie today. I also read the book with my daughter, and we both absolutely loved the story. Loved it :-D in all its girly, romantical, cheeseness.

*Melissa* said...

really enjoyed your video it was too funny! im really looking forward to seeing this movie!

Julia @ That Hapa Chick said...

Oh man that video/skit was SO HILARIOUS. Loved it. I love Alex Pettyfer but I think I'll wait to see this one till its out on DVD. I just don't have money for a ticket. Which totally sucks. Oh and what no shirtless moping scenes? LAME! :P

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I was actually worried about the acting. I might give it a try I'm harsh about over or underacting.

ParaJunkee said...

The review was excellent. I think I might like that more than the movie, but when you were standing next to Alex in his underwear it was a little distracting lol ... I was so like "Don't look over you'll see his bad parts!"

What I really thought was great though, was the initial "recreation" ha ha ha. Not to mention the camera work (is that the right word) was great! Very professional.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds perfect! Thanks for your honest and comical take :)

Lola said...

Definitely want to see this one. Thanks for your review! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Jake!

So glad you reviewed's so on my list, even more so now! It sounds wonderful, something that I can enjoy, and my daughter might too.

Thanks Jake!

Dottie :)

Orchid said...

I'm really liking the vlog movie reviews (very nice).
I'll probably see it when it comes out on DVD or if if ends up at the base theater. Though it doesn't really seem like my kind of movie.
Thanks for the great review. ^_^

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