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Old 04-22-2011, 06:27 AM
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Beastly Discussion #1

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This thread is for both the movie and the book written by Alex Flinn.

Beastly is a 2011 romantic fantasy film based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York City. The film is written and directed by Daniel Barnz and stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.
Kyle Kingston is the arrogant and vain son of wealthy and equally as arrogant and vain businessman Rob Kingston. When he wins student body president, he bullies the eccentric Kendra for being ugly and strange at the after-party. Disgusted, Kendra magically transforms Kyle into a bald, and scarred shell of his once-handsome self. Kendra says Kyle has until the next spring to find someone who loves him or he stays this way forever. Rob takes Kyle to live in a private condo with their maid Zola and Kyle's blind tutor Will. Rob initially promises to support his son, but gradually neglects his son over time and stops visiting him after work altogether. Angry and hurt, Kyle finds sympathy from Zola and Will.

As spring draws closer, Kyle finds himself infatuated with Lindy, a girl from his former school who he had initially been as distant to as he was to Kendra. When Lindy and her father are about to be mugged by two brothers on the street, Lindy's father shoots one of the brothers, the surviving one vowing vengance by taking Lindy's life for his brother. Kyle saves Lindy and her father, and arranges for Lindy to move in with him for her own safety. Initially, Lindy is furious about hiding, since she was to go to Guatemala on a field trip - but after she claims she's seen worse than Kyle (now calling himself "Hunter" around her) they warm to each other. Kyle writes a letter to Lindy professing his love to her, but he never plans to give it to her, in fear of Lindy not feeling the same way. Will and Zola continue to help Kyle win her over, as the two begin to fall in love. Closer to spring, Kyle makes a deal with Kendra that if he succedes in winning Lindy's heart, she will restore Will's vision, and grant legal citizenship to Zola's three children in Jamaica.

Kyle and Lindy spend an afternoon at one of Rob's private cottages on a lake, but Lindy's father text messages her, saying that the criminal who threatened her life is in jail, but he is in the hospital. Lindy leaves to see her father, and Kyle gives her his letter, but regrets doing so when she doesn't profess love for him before leaving. Heartbroken, Kyle does not answer Lindy's phone calls, even after she reads them. Inspired by Will and Zola, Kyle goes to meet Lindy one last time before she leaves for the field trip to Guatemala, and explains he did not answer her calls because he thought she only liked him as a friend. Lindy kisses Kyle and professes her love for him, and departs for Guatemala. Kyle's normal, handsome self is restored with Kendra's spell broken, but Lindy decides against leaving and tries to find "Hunter" again. She initially ignores Kyle while searching for Hunter, only for Kyle's phone to ring when she calls "Hunter". Recognizing Hunter, the two share a kiss in the street.

In the credits, a series of photographs shows that Kyle and Lindy went around the world together - including Guatemala - after Kyle's normal form was restored. Will wakes up one morning and to his delight can see again, and Zola finds three Green Cards for her children in the mail from the government. Kendra is also seen approaching Rob Kingson's office as a new intern, implying that Kendra will likely do the same thing she did to Kyle to Rob.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:29 AM
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I read this book awhile back, but haven't seen the movie yet.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:23 AM
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I've meant to get this book for a while now, the story sounds quite interesting.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:20 PM
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I haven't read the book or seen the movie - was hoping you guys did though
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It was a shame it was such a flop

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