HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS EVIL Review
HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS EVIL 3D is the sequel to the 2005 animated movie, Hoodwinked!, and takes place some time after the end of that one. Red (Hayden Panettiere), Granny (Glenn Close), Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and Twitchy (Cory Edwards) are now full members of the Happily Ever After Agency. As the movie opens, we find Red training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood. However, when Granny gets captured by a wicked (Joan Cusack), who also happened to have abducted two innocent children, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), Red is pulled out of training to help Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers), Wolf, Twitchy and the HEA (Happily Ever After Agency) go on a rescue mission.
I will start by saying that I am not a big fan of 3D and usually avoid seeing movies in 3D when I can. However, I did see Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil in 3D, but since it didn’t really add to my experience, I won’t talk too much about it, but for those of you who are fans of 3D, just know that you can experience Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil in its 3D glory if you choose to do so.
Now on to the actual movie. I will be honest, I thought the first movie was good, but unfortunately I didn’t love the sequel. I thought it had some potential and it seemed that all the elements were there, but things just never seemed to gel together and a lot of the jokes fell flat. I probably smiled a few times during the movie, but didn’t laugh once. And even though the running time for the movie is only about 94 minutes, at times it felt a little longer than that.
The story is just average and I never really ended up caring that much about what was happening. There are too many cliches, which end up canceling out laughs you could have gotten from placing only a few here and there.
That said, I will say this, if nothing else, I did enjoy Bill Hader and Amy Poehler as Hansel and Gretel. They had some good moments. In fact, that cute picture of them in the pan (see below) is one of the reasons I wanted to see the movie in the first place.
And finally, let me end with this, while Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean that young children won’t enjoy it. Actually I think it’s quite likely that they would enjoy it. The only problem is that, unlike Pixar movies, which can be enjoyed by both grown-ups and kids alike, this one might end up being only enjoyed by the kids.