A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the weaker and less attractive. When Kyle invites his misfit classmate Kendra to an environmental rally at their school, she questions his motivations but reluctantly accepts. Later, Kyle blows Kendra off, prompting the spurned goth girl to cast a dark spell on the swaggering egotist.
Who would have thought that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast could go goth? This teen drama tells the tale of a handsome arrogant young man who is transformed into a hideous beast. Kyle Kingson (played by Alex Pettyfer) spurns a group of goth outcast girls who decide to cast a spell on him. In order to break the spell, he must find a girl who truly loves him for who he is on the inside. Sound familiar? We wore out the tape long ago in our family.
This version of Beauty and the Beast is not necessarily for children though. In this version, the Beast intervenes when a drug addict becomes embroiled in a struggle with the drug dealer. He promises to protect the young addict, on the conditions that his lovely daughter come to live with him in a sprawling Brooklyn estate. Over time the love grows between the two of them and I think you know the rest of the story.
The theme is decidedly teen-age. Little kids definitely would not like it. It is dark, but with little overt violence. A couple of times someone gets hit. The beast is largely scarred, more of a counterculture look, than a frightening beast. The theme is about learning to look at those that are different on the inside, not on the outside. The theme has a good moral quality, presented in a way that would appeal to teens and keep their attention. It is a story about being real, not superficial. I would consider it a positive movie for teens, but not for small children.