New Beastly trailer online
The trailer for Beastly didn't inspire me much, and while the knew one is much better it has brought out something totally different, and while I was writing about it I've found I've totally gone off on one about the plot and convinced myself there's no way I'm going to see it.
Far from being the morally thick tale you might believe it's setting itself up to be, it's actually showing an incredibly cruel and evil character inflicting suffering and pain on another for their own shortcomings and jealousies. No, I don't mean the lead character either, the tale has it all the wrong way round.
There's a problem with Beastly, actually there are a number of problems I find with it. He's not that beastly, the entire trailer seems to be after the fact that he's found someone to see him for who he is and therefore could be out of the spell in no time, but those aren't the biggest problems for me.
The biggest problem is that the lead character doesn't deserve it. In fact it's fair to say that the person who cast the spell on him is perhaps more worthy of a terrible punishment than he is.
So he's vain, arrogant, rich, good looking and is cruel and bullies others. Welcome to the real world girlie. It happens all the way through life from all manner of people, even friends. In fact I've had people I thought were my friends turn out to be the cruellest people I've known.
So what motivates someone who has the power to cast this kind of terrible and truly evil spell over someone just for going with the way the rest of the world works? What kind of person does that?
A pretty evil person, and really evil doesn't appear to factor into the character that Alex Pettyfer is playing yet it seems to be at the core of the character that Mary-Kate Olsen plays. That and jealousy.
For if she has the power to do this to the character of Kyle Kingson, surely she has the power to turn herself into a rich, popular, good looking person? So why doesn't she? Or why doesn't she just turn the other cheek? Instead she decides to inflict pain and cruelty on one person, ripping apart their life and setting them a seemingly impossible task that they don't really want them to complete. That's evil.
Perhaps that's the way the story will play out and we'll find out who the truly evil one is at the end, but to be honest I'm not interested.
Here's a rather extensive blurb for the film followed by the trailer which comes from Moviefone through the excellent TrailerAddict:
Beastly is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty.
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 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 (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.