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Beastly

Beastly Starring : Alex Pettyfer, Peter Krause, Dakota Johnson, Erik Knudsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Karl Graboshas, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Director : Daniel Barnz
Release Date : 6th May, 2011
Genre : Fantasy, Romance
Language : English
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Beastly pitches on a noble theme, a theme which is universally recognized but overworked more than many times. It tells outer beauty is less significant if compared with inner beauty and that real beauty lies within, not anywhere outside. But the way the film tries to project the fact; it becomes a boring treat rather than a quality flick.

Young Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is a real handsome boy who is also immensely popular in his school not only for his looks but also for his smartness and wealthy lifestyle. The proud Kyle believes beauty is the only big thing in the world and so he doesn’t feel bad to insult those who don’t recognize it. One bad day, driven by his naughty wits, he insults his class mate, the Gothic-inspired Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) in the presence of everyone. Kendra is a witch who then casts a magic spell on him making his look uglier. Kendra tells him he has only one year to search someone who can love him as he is, or he will remain ugly-looking forever. With little help. Kyle gets trapped around the irony. He finds no one loves him anymore and there’s no one to support him either.

As time goes by, he takes the help from Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens). He tries to win her heart so that she can also start loving him. It turns out Lindy is also showing her interest at him, but it not clear if she really loves him or not. Kyle soon understands the real meaning of love and he tries his best to find it in Lindy, but what waits for him in the future? Will Lindy too start loving him? Is Kyle’s real identity revealed? Does he get freed from the curse? The film’s climax answers these questions.

The story is not cleverly written. The climax is predictable, and the performances do not call for kudos. Alex’s makeup doesn’t make him look really ugly, but it turns him into a tattoo-full piece of artwork. There are some comic scenes which only prove to be the film’s saving graces.  The performance is average and no one stands out. The film’s idea is noble but it could have been made in a better way. To conclude, Beastly is not a quality entertainer. You don’t miss anything if you skip it.

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