Beastly, follows Kyle (Alex Pettyfer -I Am Number Four
) who is the son of a popular & wealthy t.v News anchor in America, Kyle is a good looking guy (and he knows it) who gets anything he wants. As a student, near the start of the film he is voted class President(or something) on the back of his pure cockyness, rather then any hard work, unllike his beautiful fellow candidate Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens -High School Musical 1-3
). And much to the dismay of Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen -New York Minute
) who is refferd to by fellow students as the "Witch", due to her Gothic appearance & belifs in the Supernatural.
Kendra has had enough of Kyle's approach to life & decides to teach him a life lesson, so, she casts a spell on him, a spell that will make him look Beastly for an entire year, and unless he finds someone to say "i love you" , kiss him, and mean it as he looks now, he will forever remain Beastly. So Kyle drops out of College due to his new appearanace & has to start changing his ways to lift the curse.
Overall this is like a modern telling of a mixture of Beauty And The Beast & The Frog Prince. The story kinda works well, although the love interest aspect feels too forced , and the acting is on the whole very good, the standout being imo Neil Patrick Harris's (Doogie Howser, M.D.
) quirky blind tutor, who manages to lift things in places, by adding a little injection(Doogie Howser pun ;-p) of comedy to the proceedings. Mary-Kate Olsen also puts in a good performance, playing totaly against type, she was spot on. Vanessa Hudgens gave a solid enough performance as one of the leads, imo the jury is still out on Alex Pettyfer, his looks seem to be getting him the roles rather than his acting ability imo, judge for yourself.
In Conclusion, a modern take on Beauty And The Beast & The Frog Prince, with a good enough story to make it semi-beliveable, albeit the romance seems a bit too forced & predictable. the acting is good, although it isnt always as beliveable as it might had been. I liked the Supernatural side of things with Mary-Kate Olsen's character & the comedy injections by Harris's character. It was Enjoyable, but nothing more.