Movie Review: Red Riding Hood (2011)

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Drama

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Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) loves Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) a poor woodcutter, but is pledged to be married to Henry (Max Irons) a son of a wealthy man.  The entire village is terrified by the appearance of a wolf that kills villagers at a whim.  The men of the village decide to take matters into their own hands, and hunt the wolf themselves. The wolf kills Henry’s father, but one of the villagers claims to have killed the wolf.  The town priest Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) rides into town and explains the village is not just facing off with an ordinary wolf, they are facing a werewolf.  During one of his attacks, the werewolf talks to Valerie, and says  if she comes back with her he will leave the rest of the village alone. Valerie is accused of being a witch and left as a human sacrifice for the werewolf, but Peter and Henry plan to rescue her.  Do they make it in time?  Who is the werewolf?

Red Riding Hood is a blatant attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the Twilight Saga, with its storyline involving a love triangle and a werewolf, but believe it or not this movie is not even as interesting as Twilight, and that’s not saying much.  The story moves at a glacial pace and potentially interesting characters  are shunted aside for a lame love triangle featuring very wooden acting,  I thought Amanda Seyfried was  a pretty good actress, I guess I have to reassess that opinion, she was really going through the motions here.  Mannequins could have played  the roles of Peter and Henry better than Max Irons and Shiloh Fernandez, I hope I never have to see either of them again.  Gary Oldman’s character at least had some potential, but they never really plumbed the depths of his character, and so it kind of just withered on the vine.The Grandmother played by Julie Christie had potential as well, but again, this character iis not fully drawn, and so it suffers.  Who is the werewolf?  Probably the least interesting of all the characters, and that’s why  the ending is ultimately disappointing. The story seems more interested in portraying Red Riding Hood as a bad girl who’s interested in bad boys, instead of finding a deeper meaning in the story.  Inexplicably, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the producers.  You should have saved your Inception money on a real movie, Leo.

Red Riding Hood.  Don’t Be Hoodwinked.


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