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There are a few stories that are retold through movies at least once every generation. Think “Cinderella” or “Sleeping Beauty”, or basically any tale that Disney has turned into a successful animated movie at some point. Now we’re getting a young, hipped up take on “Beauty and the Beast” with CBS Films attempt at an edgy teen version of the story, “Beastly”. Now they’ve released a new trailer for the film.
“Beastly” stars Vanessa Hudgens (who I can’t differentiate from Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove, or Demi Lovato. I’m pretty sure they’re all the same person), Alex Pettyfer, and one of the Olsen twins. Neil Patrick Harris shows up, playing a blind tutor, which will probably turn out to be the high point of the movie.
Kyle Kingson (Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.
Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy (Hudgens), if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.
You know the story. Kyle will learn some valuable lessons about being a better person. “Beastly” opens in theaters on March 11, 2011.