Here’s a small tidbit of information that I may not have mentioned before. I love going to the movies and have a pretty good sized DVD/ Bluray collection. So today what am I going to talk about…well AFTER, I let you know that my second Darklife short story, UnSpoken: A Val and Irulan Short, will be available for download from Amazon tomorrow in kindle format. You guessed it people. I am going to be talking movies; but not just any movie.
Today’s movie of choice, the teen romance, Beastly, an updated version of Beauty and the Beast, starring the former Disney princess that is in the process of trying to shed her tweeny-bopping image in favor of one that screams, ‘Hey I can have a life after M-I-C-K-E-Y’, Vanessa Hudgens, and the golden boy Britt heart throb, Alex Pettyfer.
I will start off saying that some of my expectations for this movie were met, while others were just kind of left with an ‘eh’, feeling . Going in to this movie, I will admit that I wasn’t expecting much from either one of the lead actor’s. While I am a total Disney-holic, I was never much of a Vaness H fan. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s an o.k. actress, but that’s about it. Her overly bubble-gummed attempts at becoming a pop star left me with tooth rot of the ears. So suffice it to say, I was more than pleased with the performance that she turned out.
She managed to portray Lindy, a character who grew up without a mother and with a drug addicted father, in a very rough neighborhood, and nothing like the H.S.M. character that she is known for, and make it believable instead of laughable. Watching Hudgens in Beastly has given me a sigh of relief for Sucker Punch. Lets face it people, she is not the type of girl that you look at and say, Dang she’s tough. It’s quite the opposite. So Ms. Vanessa Hudgens, you have grown as an actress.
On to Alex Pettyfer, my ‘eh’ moment. First let me say that I Am Number Four ,rocked. But the teen alien action movie is a far cry from a re-imagining of a beloved fairy tale. His acting was ok, for the role, but nothing spectacular. He portrayed, self observed, pretty boy, Kyle, well enough, but there was still a little something that wasn’t there for me. I can’t put my finger on it, but when I find out I will let you know.
The two standout performances were from Neil Patrick Harris, who played Kyle’s blind tutor, Will and Mary-Kate Olson, who played the witchy teen who cursed said pretty boy, Kendra. Neil, stole whatever scene he was in with his excellent comedic timing.
Mary-Kate looked right at home in Kendra’s goth girl attire. She made the character, one that is pivotal to the plot, but who is seen in only a handful of scenes, so interesting that I would most definitely go to a spin-off movie with her as the main character.
Lisa Gay Hamilton, of The Practice, fame, also turned in a good performance as Kyle’s Jamaican babysitter/housekeeper, who is forced into social exile with him when his father shoves him into a hidey-hole until the ugliness goes away.
With the great performances of these supporting characters, an ok movie was bumped up to a good movie. If someone asked me if I thought that Beastly was worth the price of admission, I would definitely tell them yes…if the price was under ten bucks. But you don’t have to take my words for it. Go see for yourself.