director: Daniel Barnz
writer: Daniel Barnz
starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens
genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance
released: 23 June, 2011 (Greece), 4 March, 2011 (U.S.)
The retelling of Beauty & the Beast for the "Twilight" market, was another wasted attempt at a convincing romance. Instead of making a true, modern and gritty story of teenage love. That contained allegories to beauty and the injustice of love. We merely get teen angst, teen stupidity, pompous rich people and the glorification of love based on almost nothing.
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is your typical high school star/douche bag. Popular, class president and super rich. He goes to a high school with a girl called the witch. She's weird and peculiar. After playing around with her. The witch, you guessed it, puts a curse on him. His body is covered with hideous tattoos and scars until he can find someone to love him in matter of a year. His lucky ticket is a poor girl Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), from his school that had noticed him. Its up to him to change character and become the man he was always meant to be.
Seeing this film I wondered a few things. Why do we always need to see the of side rich people in so many stories? How come cliches have to be bombarded on us more than common sense in these stories and why do rich pompous douches always turn out good? These could be seen as silly questions, but I believe they play a vital role on script writing and the end conclusion of many films.
In this films case. Were not provided enough time to get to know the beast. We see him as a douche and automatically don't care about his curse of ugliness. There is a moment where he's cute with Lindy, before the transformation and where he has a moment with his negligent rich dad. These elements though, are not enough to continue following Kyle and his attempts at redemption.
Throughout the film Kyle manages to be a better person. Even though, there are no indications that he would have been this kind of a person, if he hand't been turned into a beast. He didn't show any elements of love, kindness or even a back-story on the character. We went from "you all suck", "im a bad ass" and "oops im ugly" and "need to be loved". Thats not much of a story.
I could talk about how unrealistic and silly the whole curse and witch thing is. But that's the least of the films problem. It all falls on not establishing its central character better and the lack of any real drama or events between Kyle and Lindy. It actually feels that he won her over pretty easily.
All joking aside, he wasn't that much of a beast. He had piercing, tattoos and scars. Sounds like many girls would dig that, and I might say love that. He could have had that curse done by the next full moon. Enter biker bar or goth club, meet someone, be cool and voila in love.
Now to the more serious. The film relies on the whole subject of protecting Lindy. Supposedly he's protecting her from a two bit, low life, down the food chain drug dealer from killer her. I think she would be pretty damn safe anywhere beyond that neighborhood. And wouldn't you know it, the guy was caught pretty fast. Everything ends up happening far too easy.
Everybody loves the classic story and the meaning of beauty and the beast. The problem is that nobody bothered to make a real effort in passing that love to this film. Its still bearable and harmless as teen romance. The beast does become a good person and you don't mind Lindy falling in love with him. You just have to believe that love can happen so easily without any struggle or drama.