Film Review: Beastly

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about films, books or DVDs but as I am aiming to watch so many films which are new to me in the next couple of years I thought I would.  The first film which I watched since starting my 101 tasks in 1001 days was “Beastly” starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

Beastly is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast with Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingson, a high school student who has no regard for anyone or anything but himself.  When he crosses the wrong person, a witch played by Mary-Kate Olsen, she casts a spell transforming him into a bald, tattooed and scarred person and says that he has a year to find someone who loves him for who he is rather than what he looks like or he will stay that way forever.  When his father, a news anchor, sees him he pushes him into exile in a private house with the maid and a blind tutor.

During the course of the film, Kyle (introducing himself as Hunter) finds himself drawn to Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) who doesn’t seem to be put off by his appearance and sees deeper to the person he is underneath.  As the year comes to an end, Kyle is hoping that she will admit her love for him but she is about to go off on a school trip to Machu Picchu and says that she likes him.  Just before the year is up, Kyle takes a chance and goes to the school to see Lindy and tell her that he loves her.  As he leaves, the last rose appears on the tattoo on his arm and he knows it is too late, Lindy says that she loves him too and runs after him.  Outside the front of the school, Lindy is looking for Hunter but only sees Kyle.

I actually really enjoyed this film and it’s a modern day take on the Beauty and the Beast story.  I like Alex Pettyfer as an actor having also seen him in Stormbreaker (as a 14-year-old spy) and Wild Child (as the romantic interest of Emma Roberts).  It was nice to see him in something more gritty and grown up.