And then I read some reviews.
"Less than glowing" would be an understatement. Everything was bashed, from the acting to the plot to the dialog. I was so disappointed. I'd really wanted to see the movie, but now....
Oh, wait! What am I saying? Since when do I listen to the critics? I mean, yeah, one of the reviews was actually done by a teen on a teen blog, which in this case I'd give more merit than a "real critic," but I make my own decisions.
So, off to the movies I went today. And guess what? I liked it!
I saw no issue with the acting. Actually, I thought it was pretty good. Especially Will, the tutor, played by Neil Patrick Harris. I thought his character was great. And Kendra...played by Mary-Kate Olson...she was too cool.
The plot worked for me, too. The dialog had hokey moments--just a couple, and only mildly. Seriously didn't bother me at all. Was this Oscar material? Doubt it. Was it a great way to spend an afternoon? You bet.
The ONLY issue I had was the overuse of cussing, mostly in the beginning. I thought that was totally unnecessary. I mean, I've got no problem with cussing in movies, but I've seen plenty of R-rated flicks with way fewer curse words. I honestly think it was all thrown in to bring the rating up from PG to PG-13 because otherwise the movie was quite clean. It's just that Hollywood thinks teens won't see anything below a PG-13. Makes me mad, actually, but I don't blame the movie for that!
Anyway, I guess I'm the odd man out when it comes to Beastly. I'd totally watch it again.