RED RIDING HOOD Movie Review
I’m not really sure where to start in my review for RED RIDING HOOD. Don’t get me wrong, I love teen angst, but this was just SO over the top that it was hard to even concentrate on anything else. Director Catherine Hardwicke took everything that she did on the first Twilight movie and just shoved it into Red Riding Hood, and didn’t even try to cover it up.
I HATE writing that I was disappointed in Red Riding Hood. I had SUCH high hopes for it, and after reading the novel, really thought that it was going to be an exciting, beautifully shot, supernatuarl movie with a BIT of angst just for good measure.
What I got was Twilight in a red cape.
We all know the story of Red Riding Hood, the little girl that takes her basket of bread and fruit to grandmother’s house in the woods, only to find out that a wolf has made her grandmother lunch. She’s eventually saved by the woodsman that kills the wolf and cuts grandma out of its stomach.
Well, Red is now Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), and Valerie is not so little anymore. In fact, Valerine is now old enough to be engaged to Henry (Max Irons), the local blacksmith. HOWEVER, she is really in love with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), a woodsman. The small town where they live has been under attack by a werewolf for as long as anyone can remember, and when Peter and Valerie finally decide to run away and elope, the werewolf kills Valerie’s older sister.
The townsfolk doesn’t like this too much and decide to try to kill the wolf (why didn’t they think of this sooner??) but the local priest decides to call in a werewolf expert, who turns out to be Gary Oldman.
Apparently his character, Solomon, travels with a giant metal elephant (nope, not kidding) that he throws people inside, lights a fire, and tortures them for intel.
Regardless, the wolf attacks again, and this time speaks… but only Valerie can hear what the wolf is saying… so of course she’s automatically considered to be a witch.
I will say that the film did a somewhat decent job of keeping who the wolf was at bay, but through all of the would be “twists and turns” you just stop caring after a while.
The acting in Red Riding Hood seemed almost phoned in. Amanda Seyfried did do a decent job as the wide eyed Valerie, but too (and this could be due to poor directing and a so-so script) much of her story, from the love triangle, down to her father (actor Billy Burke who is Bella’s father in Twilight) was so reminiscent of Twilight that I had a hard time getting past it.
I didn’t HATE Red Riding Hood (despite what this review sounds like!!), but it was most definetly not on my list of movies that I will watch again. It’s not for everyone, but the teen crowd will most certainly be devided over team Peter and team Henry. (Go for Peter, girls. He has better hair.)
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