“Beastly” Movie Teaser Trailer Review

1/01/2010 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Michaela Zanello

From Daniel Barnz, the director of “The Cutting Room,” comes “Beastly,” a souped-up retelling of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast.” The film stars Alex Pettyfer and Disney cash-cow Vanessa Hudgens and is set to be released July 30, 2010.

Pettyfer plays the attractive, smart, well-heeled Kyle Kingson, who sounds like a pretty dreamy fellow until his unadulterated dirt baggery is taken into account. As a guy whose favorite past time is debasing his more unfortunate looking classmates, Kyle decides to hone his knack for nastiness on a Goth student named Kendra, who he invites to a school soiree as his date. Kendra accepts Kyle’s offer, but his malevolence is quick to strike and he ends up blowing her off. What Kyle doesn’t know, however, is that he has just messed with the wrong gotharina. To get back at Kyle, Kendra retaliates by casting a spell that transforms him into…yep, you guessed it…a beast.

Now, the only way for Kyle to break Kendra’s spell is for him to find someone who will love him in spite of his new, hideous appearance. This task is much easier said than done, however, seeing as Kyle’s own father can’t even stand the sight of him and has him exiled to Brooklyn. As Kyle tries to come up with a solution to his ugly predicament, an opportunity arises with a drug addict, in which Kyle assures freedom and security to him and his daughter, Lindy (Hudgens), in exchange for Lindy’s assent to live with Kyle in Brooklyn.

The trailer for “Beastly” is only a teaser so not a lot of the film is revealed. However, the little bit that is shown is unsuccessful at capturing the viewer’s attention, unless you are a teeny bopper for whom the universe revolves around cute boys and “High School Musical.” The trailer starts by presenting a couple close-up shots of Pettyer’s handsome face, followed by a quick flash of Hudgens’ adorable mug. It then cuts to Pettyer’s transformation from pretty Ken doll to bald, disfigured beast and leaves the viewer with this quote, “Who am I? I’m you at your ugliest, inside out.” In the trailer, no real mood is established, nor is there any significant character elucidation. The only audience that this trailer has a chance of reaching is the members of the “Twilight” loving crowd who prefer their male pin-ups a little more blond and tan.

Let's hope they offer a better trailer when the full trailer is released.

View the teaser trailer for the movie "Beastly" below. What are your thoughts?

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  1. Chris said...

    This trailer definitely doesn't really seem to offer any incentive for me to view the film. I may also be outside the target demographic, but I sincerely hope that the full trailer offers more. As a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, I can only hope that they manage to bring some of the magic of Disney to a new, live action version.

  2. Admin said...

    You got it, Chris.


  3. Anonymous said...

    From what little you see you can tell it is not going to be a cutesy live action disney film.

  4. samosa said...

    I read the book and am thoroughly disappointed at how this piece of crap turned out to be.

    The beast, well ... I don't like the actor. So ... uh, do I have to explain?

    And her .. Vanessa Hudgens is totally out of place. The character she's supposed to play has red hear, crooked teeth and is a geek of sorts. Her father's a drug dealer (if I remember correctly) and her mother's dead (I think). She's one of the best students.

    Ugh. The story lost depth. It pains me. Badly. If you, dear Reader, have read the book too and seen this sorry piece of movie-crap you might as well save me a spot on the bridge so we can jump off together!

  5. samosa said...

    But then again, Disne's known to bring as shallow movies, which only scratch on the surface of what could've been a great story.

    Disney, you should maybe take a look at real, meaningful animation movies.
    Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon ...etc are people who know their stuff.

    LOOK & LEARN. You'll probably won't ever get better than them, but at least you'll have a chance at improving.

  6. Anonymous said...

    It will be great to watch Beauty & the Beast,i have bought tickets from http://ticketfront.com/event/Beauty_&_the_Beast-tickets looking forward to it.