A New Retelling of a “Tale As Old As Time”

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We have all probably heard the story of “Beauty and the Beast” at least once in our lives and if you haven’t, here is a quick summary. Basically every version includes a young man who gets cursed and turned into some kind of beast and he is given a deadline to find someone to love him before the time is up or he stays the beast forever.
One popular retelling of this story is the 2011 film, Beastly. This movie was based on the book of the same name by Alex Flinn and it is known for being a romantic fantasy drama film.
This film is particularly unique because it takes a modern spin on the story of “Beauty and the Beast” which allows its viewers to connect with it a little bit more.
It was rated 5.6/10 by IMDb (the internet movie database) because some people found the movie to be slow-moving, but it still made $43.17 million. It also received a Teen Choice Award for choice movie breakout star-male.
The story takes place in modern-day New York City. The “beast” in the film is played by Alex Pettyfer and the “beauty” is played by Vanessa Hudgens.
The movie mostly centers around the main character, Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) who is a very arrogant person that believes looking good is the most important thing in life. Along with being super egotistical, Kyle also enjoys bullying people who he finds to be inferior to himself.
He mostly bullies a girl named Kendra Hilferty (played by Mary-Kate Olsen) not knowing that she is a witch. But he soon finds out after he invites her to go to a party with him when she casts the spell that turns him into the beast because he humiliated her by openly rejecting her in front of the entire school.
Kyle transforms into a hairless, scarred, and heavily tattooed beast and is given the deadline of finding someone to love him by the next Spring and if he fails he shall remain the beast forever.
Immediately after Kyle had transformed his father moved him to live in a private house with his maid, Zola and his blind tutor; Will (played by Neil Patrick Harris). Eventually, Kyle’s father stops visiting him because it becomes too hard for him to see Kyle in his transformed state and Kyle loses all of his friends.
As spring gets closer, Kyle starts to lose hope that he will find someone to love him before the time is up until on one of his nightly walks he sees his former classmate, Lindy Taylor at a party and talks to her. Immediately after Kyle sees Lindy, he falls hopelessly in love with her and makes his goal to see her every night. During one of those nights Kyle saves Lindy and her father, a drug addict from two drug dealers.
First, Kyle saved Lindy by taking her into her apartment and then he went back to help her father where he found one of the drug dealers dead after being shot by Lindy’s father and the other drug dealer running away vowing that he will avenge his brother by killing Lindy. Kyle offers to take Lindy to live with him in order to protect her.
At first, the father was hesitant about his daughter going to live with a complete stranger, but he agrees after Kyle blackmails him by threatening to send pictures of Lindy’s father and the dead body to the police. Lindy’s father tells her that he is sending her to live with one of his old friends as a cover.
When Lindy arrives Kyle changes his name to Hunter so Lindy wouldn’t recognize him and when she first arrived Lindy hated living with Kyle, especially because Kyle hid from her, which caused her to feel lonely. Kyle makes an attempt to connect with Lindy by buying her expensive gifts and leaving them outside her door, but this only angers Lindy because he was trying to buy her affection.
Eventually, Zola tells him that instead of buying her expensive gifts he needs to find out what her interests are and what is important to her. So, he starts giving Lindy things that really matter to her in person and the two begin to get used to each other.
After spending time together Kyle even writes a love letter to Lindy, but doesn’t give it to her for fear of rejection.
When it’s down to the last final weeks of spring Kyle goes to Kendra to ask for more time and she refuses his request, but she agrees to restore Will’s vision and give green cards to Zola’s children who live in Jamaica if he gets Lindy to fall in love with him.
Kyle takes Lindy to one of the summer homes that his dad owns where the two almost kiss until Lindy’s phone rings and she is told her dad is in the hospital. Kyle tells her to go to her dad and gives her the letter he wrote her before he leaves.
He immediately regrets this decision when Lindy told him he was a really good friend before she left. After reading the letter, Lindy calls Kyle to try to talk to him about it, but he freezes her out. With only a few days left will Kyle and Lindy get their happily ever after and in the process break the curse? or will Kyle remain a beast forever? Watch the movie to find out.