In my view…
The film ‘Beastly’ is a fantasy film – reminds you of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – in a modern suit. Yes, really a suited up version. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has its own fantasy classic charms and ‘Beastly’ has its own more reality-linked charms. The films are both charm and charming as well.
You would think that when I mention ‘Beauty and the Beast’ there are those little magical surroundings in ‘Beastly’ too. But they are not. In this film the charms is in and comes from the characters of the story. Only they are magical or special in some other way.
The main character is a spoiled brat, in the way of being rich. But his father never really sees him as a son to mentally care about. Kyle – the name of the main character – and his father are quite the same. They have both a great selfishness and they rarely hide that. Brag about it. But suddenly one day when the selfishness of Kyle reaches the top, magic comes around.
Magic in a story does not just solve a problem, it teaches you a lesson how to prevent / cope / solve the problem. It lets you understand the fault you have made. So beautiful this message is told and taught in the film! A blind man comes around. A woman who is far away from her most beloved children, due to circumstances and not by will. And, as you all expect: the beast is not without the surrounding of a special ‘Beauty Belle’. Her name is Lindy. In my opinion the names used in the film do not seem classic, which is kind of a statement to make a real difference from classical thinking of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The name Lindy – a variation of Linda – means ‘pretty’ in Spanish. So instead of the classic French ‘Belle’ and English ‘Beauty’, they go for a new language and a modern version by using a variation
It is a film that teaches you a lesson to care about the people around you who care about you. And not being too selfish – unless it is for protection – but being more positive and see those things around you.
I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writer (book): Alex Flinn
Screenwriter: Daniel Barnz
Language spoken: English
Release Date: 4 March 2011
Release in NL: 16 June 2011
Production Companies: CBS Films / Mel’s Cite du Cinema / Storefront Films
IMDb rating: 5,6
Rating: 7 *******
Top 22 Cast:
- Alex Pettyfer / Kyle
- Justin Bradley / student
- Mary-Kate Olsen / Kendra
- Dakota Johnson / Sloan
- Erik Knudsen / Trey
- Vanessa Hudgens / Lindy
- Karl Graboshas / male teacher
- Peter Krause / Rob
- LisaGay Hamilton / Zola
- Jonathan Dubsky / student at Green Party
- David Francis / Dr. Davis
- Neil Patrick Harris / Will
- Rhiannon Moller-Trotter / Halloween Partygoer
- Steve Godin / junkie
- Gio Perez / Victor
- Roc LaFortune / Lindy’s Father
- Miguel Mendoza / Victor’s Brother
- Julie Dretzin / Rob’s Assistant
- Mia Doran / student
- Christina Franco / shopper #1
- Nikki Haggart / student
- Lydia Moore / female junkie