Friday, March 4, 2011
Beastly is based on a book of the same name by Alex Flinn. I read the book a few years in high school. Of course, I love everything Beauty and the Beast-related, regardless of how good or bad it is, but this movie really was spectacular. I haven't seen every version of this story, but I will say flat-out that this is by far the best live action representation I have ever seen!
I loved the script of this movie. Yes, it was based off of a book (and did a pretty dang well doing it), but the movie added some details that made the movie closer to the original story than even the book did. I loved that.
The acting was fabulous. I'm sad Will wasn't shown more, but I loved the phases each character had to go through. I also like that we got to know Zola better. I did, however, understand these characters more clearly than I did in the book. That was a rather pleasant surprise.
The cinematography and lighting were pretty good. They could have been better, but I really liked the "magic" scenes. It didn't look animated at all. In fact, I don't think they animated those scenes at all, it was all camera and editing work. That was impressive.
His appearance was... interesting. When I saw the first pictures of his tattoos and scars a few months ago, I thought, "Oh NO they're going to RUIN this!" But, actually, they made it work. I thought it was interesting that the witch put words and tattoos on him in addition to the slash-scars to make him ugly. It was a rather unique portrayal of the Beast.
Overal rating of this fabulous movie: 9/10. :) Definitely one that I want to eventually add to my library!
GO SEE IT!