Beastly teaser online
Beastly caught my eye, despite this very short teaser, the character that he turns into reminds me a little of the character I'm playing in InFamous on the PS3 at the moment, and the moment as he looks over the skyline, looks great.
However that has started to fade extremely quickly as soon as it starts to turn into a sickly sweet tale of teen romance and moralistic brick-like story telling.
There's a good cast here, that also screams out teenage film, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Neil Patrick Harris. Read the blurb for it and you'll get all you need to:
Kyle Kingson (Alex 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 (LisaGay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris).
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 (Vanessa 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.
So Beastly is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast with the morals tattooed on its arms and face. Definitely looks like the average pulp to come out of Hollywood, and there was I thinking that it was going to be something surprising, even if it wasn't an adaptation of a video game, it looked like it might have bags of style and tell an interesting story. Instead we've got a teenage version of Beauty and the Beast which will be toned down and extremely light as per similar adaptations.
According to some comments I've read online, fans of the Alex Flinn novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) aren't that impressed with some of the casting and story they've seen either, but then fans of books are more often than not disappointed with the screen adaptations.
Here's the teaser trailer which you can also see over at Apple Trailers in high definition, which I'd recommend as you can easily slide through the screens and see what the shots of his "other half" really look like.