A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.
BEASTLY: It’s based on a young adult novel. It’s a CBS movie, which gives you some idea that it may be kind of a made for TV movie, although it’s getting a theatrical release. It has Vanessa Hudgens, who is from High School Musical, and Alex Pettyfer from I Am No. 4, and this is a good-looking kid. He is having two weeks in a row. I Am no. 4, I actually thought was kind of a fun movie where he is an alien dropped from another planet. Why are the aliens always the most gorgeous people on the planet? Oh, never mind, any planet, the whole solar system. In this one they don’t even make any bones about it. They just say that he is the cutest, smartest, most arrogant smug guy, and of course, that he is turned into an ugly person by Mary Kate Olsen. Many people have been turned into ugly people by Mary Kate Olsen. Oh, I digress, never mind about her fashion line. But, the point being, that this is a reworking of Beauty and the Beast with cute kids, and the first half of the movie where he is smug and nasty is really a lot more fun than when he is soulful. So, the kid really can act, and he really is adorable, and the people who decide how to make him ugly , gave him a combination of slasher open wounds and tattoos and branches and silver. I mean, it was very imaginative. The movie is a little slow, to be quite honest. It could have moved a little faster, but it’s okay. I would give it three stars.