Friday, January 31, 2014

Movie Review: Beastly

Movie Released: March 4, 2011
Director: Daniel Barnz
Screenplay: Daniel Barnz
Length: 86 minutes
Based on the Book: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
Click here for my review.

Movie Review: As many of us know all too well, movie adaptations don’t always work out.  So when I discovered there was a movie adaptation of Beastly by Alex Flinn, I was excited and hesitant. When I looked at the cast I was even a little optimistic, with Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfur as the leads and Mary-Kate Olsen, LisaGay Hamilton, and Neil Patrick Harris playing important supporting roles. 

Despite a great book and a great cast the movie was only okay.  Coming in at only 86 minutes the director/screenwriter sacrificed the time spent developing the emotional and intellectual relationship between Kyle and Lindy.  Instead, he chooses to focus on the few scenes where the Beast impresses Lindy with his wealth and ability to give her what she wants.  What I liked most about Beastly the book was the attention paid to how the Beast changes himself and most of that is lost in the movie adaptation.  Instead, the focus is on how both Lindy and Kyle fall for one another for largely superficial reasons.  Even though I didn’t love the movie the first time I watched it, I have watched it two times since. This probably says more about my movie watching habits than the movie itself.

Posted By: Sheri


  1. I liked the movie okay. I didn't read the book though so maybe it's good that I didn't? My complaints as someone who didn't read the book was that some parts felt choppy and didn't flow well together. I'm with you on the movie watching habits though. lol

    1. I would definitely recommend the book especially if you liked the movie even a little bit. ~ Sheri

  2. I have the same movie watching habits. Lol. I've never read anything by this author, but I've heard great things. I've seen snippets of the movie and it didn't really appeal to me. If I do ever pick up the book, I'll probably end up watching the movie, too. As one does. I'll keep my expectations lowered although I do like Vanessa Hudgens.

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  4. I thought the movie was okay but I really liked the book! :) the cast was actually but I think it was the story telling that fell short. Great review! :)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

  5. I haven't read the book but I thought the movie was just ok too. I probably would have been more disappointed had I read the book first. Oh, the rare treat it is when a movie is just as good as the book (thinking of Catching Fire here).

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