Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

(2011)

Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) star in this romantic horror, inspired by the famous fairy tale. From the director of Twilight.... More

Valerie (Seyfried) is a young beauty torn between two men. She's in love with  brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez, Skateland), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons, Dorian Gray). Valerie and Peter are planning to run away when Valerie's sister is killed by a werewolf – a beast that prowls the dark forest surrounding the village.

For years, a truce has been maintained with the werewolf with the townsfolk offering it a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman). His arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. The death toll rises and Valerie discovers a connection with the beat, one that draws them close, making her both suspect and bait...Hide

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Once upon a time, there lived a film director who really needed to find a new theme to mangle. Having directed the first film of the ubiquitous Twilight quartet, Catherine Hardwicke is clearly cashing in on the phenomenon’s angst-fest. She centres Red Riding Hood on star-crossed lovers Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) and the friendly neighbourhood woodcutter, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez). The dialogue is full of Twilight-esque gems such as “I’m wrong for you” and “I’m going to eat you up.”... More

The fairytale village erupts into paranoia when witch-come-werewolf hunter Father Solomon reveals that a werewolf is hiding among them. Neighbour turns on neighbour. The mist machine goes into overdrive. Meanwhile, Peter tragically but stoically suffers from an excess of hair gel. My, what big hair you have! When the wolf speaks to Valerie, she realises that he must be someone close to her although she is unable to guess his identity. The only thing that really kept me guessing was the fact that the wolf has a British accent when all the villagers seem to hail from Orange County.

Seyfried does her best with the terrible dialogue. She certainly has a very compelling presence and the images of her running across the snow in her long red cloak are mesmerising. Hardwicke’s use of modern music and accents works fairly well, recalling Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. However, Red Riding Hood lacks Coppola’s style and humour. A little less angst and some decent dialogue would have made the film easier to swallow, for hungry wolves and viewers alike.Hide


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BY CSBright superstar

its wachible could of been better add more acion less talking


NO!

Do not bother, do not even consider it. Was a complete waste of time, a boring self indulgent film that relyed on the memento of the Twi-harder's to fule its fire.


BY RGoh lister

Catherine Hardwicke actually turn this fairytale story into a less horror film was amazing.


BY JayC4Shaw superstar

One Word: Pointless.

Mostly shot in dark and the only glimpse of hope for the movie to MAKE something of itself and it suddenly ends - to leave the ending up to your imagination. WHich is pointless really as the lead up doesn't build up any sort of suspense to make the cut off at all dramatic. I just got pissed off really.


BY el_bad grader

This film was ridiculous. Catherine 'Pine tree cam-pan' Harwicke has directed such rubbish here. There wasn't a scrape of authenticity to this movie. The american accents, the lack of appropriate winter attire, the modern hairstyles and the unrealistic behaviour of the characters... I could go on forever.It was like a half-baked cross between twilight and the village. Hardwicke chucks her actors head first into a terrible script which tries to paint everyone as the wolf by giving them lines... More that are completely out of character. But then, the characterisation is so bad that there's no point trying to get a handle on each plyer. The actors probably gave up on trying to do a good job as soon as they read the script. The celebration party scene is probably the worst with the main characters grinding up on each other on the d-floor in a way that looks like it came straight from a gossip girl episode.
It's a shame that this movie turned out so badly, because I think a really good story could have been made from the red riding hood tale. If not for the lazy-ass film-making, this might've been an exciting movie full of suspense, passion, intelligent plot twists and decent dialogue. And authenticity!Hide


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10% of critics recommend.
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  • Has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python. Full Review

  • As it thuds along from one wolf attack to the next, Catherine Hardwicke's first film since taking leave of Bella and her toothy friends adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun. Full Review

  • My, what sharp teeth Ms. Hardwicke doesn't have: working from David Leslie Johnson's screenplay she takes on the story's grown-up themes of sex and death directly but weakly. Full Review

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