Beauty and Beast......with a modern day high school twist!
In an era where remakes are becoming more common, are we really that surprised that we have another remake to the classic fairytale "Beauty and the Beast?" I'm certainly not. I'm sure by now many readers know the whole story about "Beauty and the Beast", where some egotistical handsome jerk gets transformed into a beast or in this case, he gets turned into a grossly disfigured person with a lot of scars. And, the only way to break said curse is to get some girl to fall in love with him. Although "Beastly" takes place in modern times, and the characters are in high school, it still pretty much follows the original story to the letter.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of remakes usually, and this one does little to make me change my mind. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting seeing a modern day twist to the classic fairy tale but at the heart of things, it was essentially a bad teen soap opera disguised as a story told countless of times.
However, I do give some remakes credit if they can offer something incredibly unique to the story. If they can somehow take an aspect of the original, then improve on it drastically; that's when you know a remake is special. Unfortunately, most remakes are often common rip offs of the originals, and this one is certainly no exception to the rule. If anything, the only thing original about this film is probably the modern day twist that "Beastly" spins to the whole fairy tale, but even that novelty wears off awfully fast.
Of course, it doesn't really help that the characters are laid out to be one dimensional and stale. Not to mention the romance in this movie often feels forced, and a bit rushed at times. Hell even the actors in this film show little to hardly any enthusiasm for their perspective roles. It's almost as if they knew how awful this movie was, and they just decided to ham it up in a petty attempt to collect a paycheck.
However, I will admit the one shining spot for this film was Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the blind tutor for our beast character. Not only does he bring a lot of humor to the film, he's also the only one that even tries to breath life into this otherwise sad excuse for a movie.
Overall, I'd have to give this movie a one and a half out of four. I'm sure this film might be enough to appease some teenage and tween girls out there, as the movie is designed to appeal to a younger audience. However, if you're looking for a more faithful and better portrayal of "Beauty and the Beast", then I'd probably avoid this one altogether.