Thursday, April 28, 2016
Today's selection is Beastly by Alex Flinn, published in 2007 and later turned into a movie which I will never watch, because it stars Vanessa Hudgens and I just can't stand her.
Anyway, in case you can't tell by the cover or the title, this is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. I confess, I love a good retelling of pretty much any fairy tale, and Beauty and the Beast happens to be my favorite Disney movie... but this was not a good retelling. It wasn't a bad one... it was just kind of meh.
The setup is super basic: Kyle, a spoiled rich boy living in New York City gets cursed to turn into a beast. His dad, an even more spoiled rich boy who is also a local TV news anchor man buy him his own place and hires him a blind tutor on the understanding that he never has to look at him every again, because beasts are gross and he doesn't like gross things.
There are some funny moments involving an online chat group for fairy tale characters going through some changes, but other than that, the story is super underwhelming. My least favorite change to the original is that here, the beauty's dad is a drug addict who basically sells his daughter for drug money... if this is modern day New York, I would think this girl, who is supposed to be a super smart nerd girl, would... I don't know... CALL THE DANG COPS!
None of the characters are very interesting or endearing except for the blind tutor, and in the end I ended up not really caring whether this kid stayed a beast or not.
Rating: 2/5 bookmarks. Dull and unexceptional.