Today's the day fans of local author Alex Flinn's YA novel Beastly can finally see the film version, which stars Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) and the always-awesome Neil Patrick Harris (my beloved Dr. Horrible of Singalong Blog fame).
I wasn't able to review the movie, due to it being screened several thousand light years from my home, but you can check out Howard Cohen's review here. He liked it a lot, and he's not even a teenage girl.
The novel is a modern-day update of the old Beauty and the Beast tale, with pretty boy Pettyfer starring as a high school cad turned into a hideous tattooed monster because his bad behavior landed him in hot water with a witch (Mary Kate Olsen). She puts a spell on him that requires him to find someone to love him despite his grotesque appearance, or he'll stay that way for life.
I liked Pettyfer in the predictable but entertaining teen alien drama I Am Number Four (though I couldn't shake the feeling it would have been a better movie if it had been entitled I Am Number Six or I Am the Teen Alien's Smoking Hot Bodyguard Despite My Bad Hair, since both Teresa Palmer as Number Six and Timothy Olyphant as the alien's guardian were more interesting than the kid himself). But I digress. Beastly sounds like fun to me, even though I've never even seen or read ANY version of Beauty and the Beast.
And if you missed it, check out Howard's story on Flinn and the long road to getting Beastly to the screen.