This modern day version of Beauty and the Beast, while a bit over the top at times, still brings across the same tried and true lesson. It's not what's on the outside that counts. It's what's on the inside. This post is more me just talking than encouraging P.T. one way or another as she saw this movie several hours before I did. I asked her if she liked it and she gave the typical response most people get from me and her mom regarding movies. "It was good but it was sad when they died in the end." I strongly believe she was told to say that.
I loved how they brought this story to today. How many times in high school did we see the not so attractive people get picked on and do nothing? And how many times did we watch the pretty people get away with everything under the sun? Alex Pettyfer plays the part of Kyle/Beast, a rich beautiful person who has a not so fun home life so he takes it out on people he considers lesser than him. Vanessa Hudgens plays the part of Lindy/Beauty, a beautiful person inside and out. And Mary-Kate Olsen did a really good job as the "witch". Kyle was horrible to her because she was ugly. What I don't get, though, is why she was chosen for the part (based on looks) or why they didn't ugly her up any? The worst they did was give her tattoos on her face and some funky hair-dos. She was different but not ugly. Who knows?
What I liked most about this version of the story is that you get to see that Kyle cares for more than just himself and his lady love. At one point he begs for things for other people without putting himself first. It was one of my favorite parts of the whole movie. The "witch" tells him that she will take care of those other people if he succeeds in making the girl fall in love with him. So now it's not only about saving himself but helping others too. So cool!
The main thing that bothered me about this movie is that, yes, Kyle became a better person but what about all the people who encouraged him when he was a jerk? You'll see their reactions when he walks into the school while he's ugly. Maybe the director is letting us assume that Kyle's change will cause a trickle-down affect throughout the school. Yeah. I'm going to go with that theory.
Oh, and major kudos to the make-up artists. I didn't notice any major differences in Kyle's deformities throughout the film. You know what I mean. Where there's a mole on one side of his face in one scene but on the other side in the next. Nice attention to detail. For all I know they have some stencil they lay over his face every day but I choose to just be impressed and leave it at that.
I can see me watching this movie many times in the future. I liked it that much. As to whether or not young children should see it, I'll leave that up to you. There is a scene with violence. A man is shot and killed. You don't see it happen but you hear the shots and see the aftermath. I didn't notice any drugs but the party scenes made me think that alcohol was being imbibed though you never actually see anything being poured so you can choose what you want to believe it is they're drinking. There was no nudity. You get to see Alex's chest several times and Vanessa's cleavage but other than that people stayed clothed. Now, as far as cussing goes, there was plenty of that. The word of choice for this movie was b!+@# followed closely by b.s. with a couple a$$es thrown in for good measure. So glad Hollywood feels this is necessary for pretty much every movie nowadays. Next thing you know the Teletubbies will be incorporating that into their baby talk.
I wish we lived in a world where inner beauty is more important to everyone but sadly, it's not. I am glad to know that in more than a handful of relationships this is the case. I'm still hoping to find the fella who will get to know ME despite my shell. This movie makes me feel it just might be possible. Yea!