I went to see this one a while ago, and I kept putting off the review, because I'm not sure how much I liked the movie version of Beastly. It definitely wasn't bad, and I enjoyed it, but there were parts that made me think it wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped.
First of all, I really like Alex Pettyfer as an actor, despite his distracting, er, attractiveness? Anyway, he was great in the movie; I believed him as both the jerky, arrogant guy and as a remorseful, honestly nice guy. In fact, I think I identified with Kyle better in the movie than in the book. I also really liked that the movie strayed from Beauty and the Beast more than the novel. In a lot of ways, I think the film was actually a little better than the novel. Which is really, rare in book-to-film adaptions.
I've never been a fan of Vanessa Hudgens, but I kidn of liked her in the movie. She was funny and sweet and did a good job at being Lindy. At points the romance seemed a little forced, but other than that, her chemistry with Pettyfer was pretty good. Their script was good too. I loved the little moments between the characters, and how it showed their love grow slowly. My favorite part (or character, I guess) was Will. I was a little nervous of Neil Patrick Harris playing him, since he's such a serious and profound character in the novel. However, I loved the hilarious one-liners he got, and I loved how serious he could be.
My biggest complaint was how they made Kyle look; he wasn't really ugly. He looked more like a guy who had shaved off all his hair (eyebrows included) and gotten a lot of tattoos. I would've preferred it if he'd looked at least a little more convincing as a "beast." The way it was, it didn't seem like such a stretch for anyone to fall in love with him, even someone superficial.
Overall, Beastly was a good movie. Not particularly fantastic, but not bad at all. I'd recommend it to people who enjoy romantic comedy-dramas, with some nice twists thrown in.
--Rating: 3.9 stars