The acting was pretty much terrible. While I Am Number 4 was slightly better than Beastly, it's like trying to compare whether you want to watch Gigli or Halle Berry's Catwoman. You'd rather just kill yourself. The biggest disappointment that I had with both films were the potential for each to be a great film. It was squandered instead by a tacky, boring, and badly directed excuse for a film.
I'll start with Beastly. The movie synopsis is pretty simply: It's a live action, modern day version of Beauty and the Beast. Alex Pettyfer plays Kyle, a handsome high schooler who gets a spell cast upon him for his cold heart towards those who are ugly. Here comes Vanessa Hudgens to save the day! I do have to admit that I was intrigued in the idea of this fairy tale brought to real life. In other words, it had potential. Then I was disappointed.
Hudgens massacred her character Lindy, Pettyfer was mediocre at best but the overall problem with this movie was the sorry excuse they called a script. I honestly cringed at some of the lines these poor actors and actresses were forced to say. I'm surprised they didn't throw up on screen. It WAS that bad. I Am Number 4 was only slightly better.
I Am Number 4 had a more interesting story-- Alex Pettyfer played John Smith, an alien protector from another planet. Smith's home was destroyed at birth and only nine protectors were able to survive. In comes the antagonist. The Magodorians followed them to Earth and are now hunting them. Smith goes to high school, falls in love, finds himself and other stuff. That's about it.
There once again was a problem with acting in this flick. Pettyfer does a decent job but his supporting cast was pretty terrible. The script was partly to blame. The powers that his character has are cheesy looking and you never seem to fully care about what's going on and who lives or dies. I'd say the only good thing about this film was the choreographed action scenes. They were quite thrilling.
If this review felt rushed, it's only because these movies didn't make me want to say much about them. They weren't the worst movies out there, but they can't be deemed as a must-see either. You can just skip these over and your life won't miss a beat. I personally point the finger at Disney, they should stick to animated characters.
Written By: Jordan