Feb 27 2011 2:00pm

Beastly: Hell Yes or Hell No?

Beastly posterYou may have noticed that Hollywood's got a bit of a thing for fairy tales lately. “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk”—all are being modernized and gussied up for the big screen as live-action films. Next up (on March 4) is “Beauty and the Beast,” in the form of Beastly, which stars Vanessa Hudgens (that girl from High School Musical) and Alex Pettyfer (that guy from . . . actually, can someone please explain to me what on earth is making this kid so popular right now?).

As someone who read (and, yes, enjoyed—sue me) Alex Flinn's Beastly, the YA book the movie is based on, I gotta say, I'm not sure how I feel about this trailer.


Well, okay, yes, I am: The movie looks kinda horrible. For many reasons, but the first thing I thought when I saw this trailer was, “Really? Tattoos?!”

In the book, you see, the beautiful, popular Kyle Kingsbury is transformed into an actualfax beast for his cruelty toward a fellow classmate/fairy. We're talkin' fangs, fur, the whole shebang. Here? Not so much. Undoubtedly this is because The Powers That Be decided that the target audience (namely, teen girls) couldn't be totally deprived of eye candy for three-quarters of the movie because that would be just beastly. But it's pretty sad, isn't it, when you consider that one of the movie's taglines is “It's what's underneath”? The whole point of the story, after all, is for Kyle (who, at least in the book, changes his name to “Adrian”) and Lindy to learn that beauty is more than skin deep.

But I digress. What are your thoughts on the trailer? The book? Do you plan to see the movie? Despite my misgivings, I gotta confess that I surely will—I love me some paranormal romance, fairy tales, and Neil Patrick Harris.

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Charli Mac
1. CharliMac
My tweener plans on going to see this, this week possibly. I am not a big fan of reading YA. It's just not my thing. However, I think this adaptation has merit with current younger audiences. My interest is piqued watching the trailer.

Today's mainstream popular girls may find those tats, scars, and metal clinging to his face hideous. No hair either? The beiber fans may just faint. A guy with fangs and fur would probably get laid in this post Twilight society.

This guy is still a goodlooking, either way to me. But I am thirty-something. This guy I've seen around, both versions. I kind of like baldy, tatted up, scarface. It looks like he's got a story to tell. Guys with stories are hot.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@CharliMac -- I agree, this adaptation will probably more than delight its intended audience.

A guy with fangs and fur would probably get laid in this post Twilight society.

You know, I hadn't thought of it that way! Interesting.

Guys with stories are hot.

I could not agree with you more.

Natasha Carty
3. WickedLilPixie
*Hangs head in shame* I had no idea this was based on a book. I should have figured, isnt that what all teen movies are now? I'd rather read the book then have to deal with High School Musical Girl.
Melissa Singer
4. Melissa Singer
My teenager, her friends, and I were talking about this just this past weekend and alas, Alex Pettyfer does not appeal to any of the three young women. And we all had to admit that when the commercial first started airing, we all confused it with commercials for "I Am Number 4"--which they did not see even though they love the blond from "Glee" who was in it. They're not planning on seeing "Beastly" either, afaik. 2 of the 3 have seen all the "Twilight" films; 1 has seen only 2 of them. It's not the genre that turns them off--Beastly just doesn't look like it will be fun to see.
Stephanie Treanor
5. Streanor
The talk of this movie in the office has inspired me to pick up all things beauty and the beast related.

So far Episode 1 of TV series Beauty and the Beast Completed..

I'm a little on the fence about seing this movie.. BUT if there is a homage to the TV series involving "beastly" riding ontop of a subway car to save his D.I.D. someone please let me know!!
Charli Mac
6. CharliMac
@Streanor I loved that show!

@WickedlilPixie The books are always better and yes, I am anti- High school Musical. My kid tortured me with that, Hannah Montana, and all things Disney.

@Melissa Singer My tweener just came home from seeing it, she'll be thirteen in a few weeks. She said it was actually romantic and very funny. She liked it very much.
Melissa Singer
7. Krystyna
a) makes me want to read the book
b) makes me want to watch Disney's Beauty and the Beast
c) makes me want to wait for netflix instant on the movie. It reminds me of...what's the movie with the artsy chic who tutors the cool kid and she says "you have to promise not to fall in love with me..." and then it turns out she is terminally ill?

Let us know how the movie is when you see it!
Keira Gillett
8. Keira
My two sisters (who haven't read the book) want to see it and I (who has read the book) want to see it. There will be changes there always are, but I think there will be less than the Ella Enchanted book to movie translation. The acting will make it or break it.
Julie C
9. Jaya
It looks interesting - but not enough to spend my moneys on. I will however watch it when it comes to TV, same as I did with the High School Musial films.
Melissa Singer
10. JenKen
Let me just say, I know it looks terrible, but it is amazing!!! Granted I never read the books, but I fell hard for this movie. Alex Pettyfer is wonderful, and as much as I am not a Vanessa Hudgen's fan, she didn't suck like I thought she would. High School Musical doesn't do her justice. She's actually kinda talented when compared to the classless, sullen Kristen Stewart. I loved this movie and I would be more than happy to spend all of my money going to the movies to watch this over and over again.
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