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A movie directed by Daniel Barnz

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beauty is only skin deep

  • Nov 6, 2011
I don't generally rent movies for their cover art, because it usually dosn't turn out as well for me as when i buy books for the cover. But since my weekends of late have been long, and for lack of a better word, lonely, here i am watching Beastly. Let me just forewarn readers now this review is riddled with spoilers. The story goes as follows, Kyle, our typical popular highschool kid; rich, attractive blah blah is running for president for "president of the green committe" wich i'm assuming is something similar to student counsel when he manages to offend the schools "witch" who curses him with eternal ugliness unless he can get a girl to love him in that form the change will become perminant. I would like to point out this is far from an origional plot line its almost exactly the same as the synoposis of Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast actually. In the first scene of this movie young Kyle almost had me reaching for the remote with his speech about how "people like people who look good" and how anyone who dosen't fall under his defination of attractiveness "just missed the beauty boat." It was cold and stuck me on a very personal level, being one of those people who falls short of conventional attractivness. So Kyle and all of his narcissim gets transformed into a shade of his former self who is scared to the point of being misshapen, covered in rather intricate tattoo work, and metal implants along his face. I would like to point out that Kyle got the better end of the ugly deal in comparison to Disney's Beast. Not suprisingly at all Kyles father is appaled at his now ugly son, not that he paid him much mind to begin with. But now Kyles dad decides to lock him away in a more secluded house with a maid and a blind tutor for company, and essentially forget he ever had a son. After five months of wallowing the loss of his beauty Kyle decides to crash a Halloween party where not only does he discover his girlfriend and best friend are now togeather, but that all of his so called friends pretty much forgot about him when he left. I guess he just wasn't as important as he thought he was right? One good thing that comes from the party though is Kyle rediscovers Lindy, a girl who he had gone to school with and pretty much ignored because she wasn't in his "group." Kyle's new favorite pasttime is to follow Lindy around without her knowing it...a little creepy and stalkerish right? But anyway this kind of works out to Lindy's favor when Kyle pulls some crazy superhero-ish manuvers to save her from a gunman. Now this is where the story takes an even odder turn...the masked gunman that threatened Lindy is killed by her drug addict father and Kyle witnesses the entire event. And in a total weak spot in the plot Kyle blackmails Lindy's father into bringing her to live in his house with him so Kyle can "protect her".....pleeeeeease! The previously slow moving story speeds up once Lindy moves in with Kyle. He tries everything to get her affection to no end until he starts to use his head not his credit cards wich leads to a very sappy scene in the greenhouse wich i will not elaborate on because it made me want to vomit. But all of Kyle's efforts are for nothing because Lindy only thinks of him as a good friend, even though at this point i felt that Kyle was really starting to learn his lesson and did truely love Lindy. The end of the movie comes at you very fast and rushed. It seems that Kyle will remain in his scared state forever until the whole movie comes to a close in a last minute but still very hollywood "i love you scene" in the school hallway.....barf! This movie was not nearly as bad as it could have been the plot runs pretty smoothly for most of the film and it is definatly better than some of the other Twilighty knockoff teen romance films out there. Would i watch it again...hmmm probably not, but i would recommend it to others for a one time viewing because its entertaining enough for just that.

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November 17, 2011
I thought I had already commented on this....oh well. This was not my thing. (seven days)
November 17, 2011
You know i actually bought THE MOVIE and never opened it cuz im afraid to watch it alone!
November 17, 2011
....seven days.... I own the bluray....seven days....
November 17, 2011
O good on bluray so you can hear and see the creepyness in nice clearness lol
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review by . March 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A Tale As Old As Time...Beauty and The
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review by . March 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . March 24, 2011
Beastly should be considered a romantic flick by the tweener set but fails as a modern-day take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale.    As the story goes, there's a vain prince who thinks of no one else but himself, so a witch curses him, turning him into a beast and giving him one year to find a girl to love him, not for his looks but for what's inside. In Beastly, the prince is a modern-day high school stud named Kyle (Alex Pettyfer), who basically rules the roost by proclaiming …
review by . March 15, 2011
Before I start this review, I would like to share a little anecdote. I often go to the movies with my friend (that I mentioned in the Twilight review), and we have many great stories to tell. But this one is terribly funny, even if you don't find it all that interesting. We were waiting in the huge popcorn line and this lady was in front of us ordering for a goddamn platoon and wrangling four or five kids who were all talking their heads off. The same thing happened when we were waiting to get …
review by . March 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Beastly, based on the novel by Alex Flinn, is Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation. I grant you that this is not automatically a bad idea, and admittedly, aspects of the film are charming – in their own naïve, adolescent ways. There’s also no mistaking the message of the film, which is important and made abundantly clear: Looking beautiful isn’t nearly as important as acting beautiful. None of this changes the …
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  • Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, Kyle 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. Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy, if she will consent to live in Kyle's Brooklyn home.
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    Director: Daniel Barnz
    Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
    Release Date: 4 March 2011 (USA)
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Screen Writer: Daniel Barnz, Alex Flinn
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