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Movie Review: Beastly with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens


Love is never ugly.

Beastly is a modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) plays Kyle Kingston, son of a swanky news anchor, who teaches Kyle that the most important thing in life is how you look. Like father like son, Kyle wants to be the big man on campus, campaigning for the title of Green Committee President—simply for a gold star on his transcript—with the slogan, “Beautiful people have it better. That’s just the way it is.”


On his way to the top, the perfectly sculpted and beautiful Kyle publicly disses classmate Kendra (played by Mary-Kate Olsen), who is rumoured to be a practicing witch. True to form, she curses him with the gift of ugly—huge scars, tattoos and open wounds—and gives him a year to find someone to love him or the magic will be permanent. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Alex tells Faze, when asked about the message of the movie.

Some people are griping about transformation of Alex Pettyfer’s Kyle and the fact that he does not technically become a “beast,” but more like a victim-of-a-terrible-car-accident monster, which looks way cooler and seems to be a little more realistic–in still a super-natural kind of way–than if he were transformed into an animal.

Also starring Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical)–read: love interest–and Neil Patrick Harris (Glee), Beastly is based on the novel by Alex Flinn. But this movie is not just for fans of the book. Anyone looking for a great romantic flick–and a gorgeous star like Alex Pettyfer only makes it greater–should definitely check it out. Also, Neil Patrick Harris is comedy perfected.


And one gratuitous pic for fans from the movie Beastly, the scene where Alex Pettyfer has somehow lost his shirt.


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