Sadly, this modern take on Beauty and the Beast was disappointing. I was hoping for something more magical, something that didn't look like a set (my son's words) and maybe a little twist on the old tale. But no such luck. There was absolutely nothing twisty, no chemistry between the two love interests, and a dad (Peter Krause from Six Feet Under) I could barely choke down: when his son turns ugly, he sends him to Brooklyn with the Housekeeper.
The story was pretty lame: cute boy, after being cursed with ugliness for being a dick, discovers that only love will lift his curse (and really, is he ugly? I beg to differ...). He is sent away with the housekeeper, mopes, then saves pretty girl's father and demands girl in payment, which girl's dad amazingly goes along with (as if!), love blooms, curse is lifted, happily ever after.
Unfortunately, whoever wrote the script, especially some of the dialogue, really needs to go back school, and the actors weren't good enough to make it work. Even Neil Patrick Harris (who plays the blind tutor - try not to laugh) seemed bored with his role. The only believable character, surprisingly, was Mary Kate Olsen who plays the witchy, goth girl who curses beastly. I think she might have had a little fun with the role.
I give it a C, and that's probably being kind. My son sort of watched it with me but found his phone and the new bird ap he downloaded more interesting.
The good news is I've got Sherlock, Season One coming next :)
Now, tell me, what have you been watching?