Red Riding Hood 2011

Red Riding Hood

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Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script.

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Young Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) feels torn between two men. She loves Peter, but her parents intend that she marry wealthy Henry. Valerie and Peter are going to run away together, but her sister is killed by a werewolf before they can put their plan into action. The villagers call on the help of Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), a famous monster hunter who warns that the beast takes human form by day. Then Valerie suspects that the werewolf is someone she loves.

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  • Jan 03, 2018
    Director Catherine Hardwicke attempts to Twilight the Grimm's classic fairytale in Red Riding Hood. The story follows a small village that calls in the aid of a famed werewolf hunter to help them fight a werewolf that's been attacking them; meanwhile a young woman plans to run off with her lover but has second thoughts when she begins to suspect that he may be the wolf. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, and Virginia Madsen, the film has a pretty solid cast, and Hardwicke does a good job at crafting a surrealistic visual style. However, the writing is rather poor; featuring all the usual genre tropes, one-dimensional characters, and a contrived love triangle. And the mystery of who is the wolf proves to be underwhelming. While Red Riding Hood presents an interesting new vision, it just doesn't work.
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  • May 06, 2013
    A re-telling of the 'Red Riding Hood' story but incorporating werewolves so that the interest of the Twi-hard fans will hopefully go and see it. Unfortunately Neil Jordan accomplished this in much grander and impressive fashion in the 80's with 'Company of Wolves' and instead all we have here is silly cgi-wolf effects and a kind of Agatha Christie 'And Then There Were None' type story (which 'The Beast Must Die' did better in the 70's). Seyfried al least brings a nice sexiness to the title character and Oldman is back to his 'Dracula' ways in a role that is so over-acted it's almost pantomime. The less said about the young male leads the better but it's no surprise to find that one almost got the lead role in 'Twilight'. This could have had real legs if it hadn't been watered down for the teenage market. Bland.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2012
    In "Red Riding Hood," Valerie(Amanda Seyfried) and her boyfriend Peter(Shiloh Fernandez) are planning to run away when they are rudely interrupted by the bell to inform their village that the werewolf is back and killed her sister. Even worse, is the news that Valerie has been promised to Henry(Max Irons) in marriage, prompting her mother(Virginia Madsen) to give her the standard 'one day you'll like your husband enough that you will not want to kill him in his sleep' speech. So while Valerie cries on her grandmother's(Julie Christie) shoulder, the menfolk go off to do manly things like killing a wolf. But like Brother Solomon(Gary Oldman) points out, that is not a werewolf they killed, but an ordinary wolf, so now they have PETA to worry about. Uh-oh. To be honest, "Red Riding Hood" is not really a bad movie. Nor is it really a good movie, either. Instead, it just sort of sits there, only having enough energy and imagination to add a werewolf and a whodunit to the classic fairytale, neither of which are that interesting or scary. There are signs that the movie wants to be timely and relevant, especially around gender issues and political paranoia, with a couple of scenes that take a shot at pushing the envelope, but that's about it. In fact, all of that just serves to highlight the movie's anachronisms while doing nothing for the lack of characterization. I have heard this movie compared to the "Twilight" movies(Catherine Hardwicke also directed the first one) which I wouldn't know anything about. If so, it does not look like I am missing anything.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2012
    For everything Red Riding Hood lacked, the story was almost there. Nothing about the movie was really very good, save the sets. Amanda Seyfried is proving incapable of carrying a movie without a strong co-lead. Director Catherine Hardwicke achieved notoriety with Thirteen, but besides the surprise I got with Twilight, hasn't done much. If you're bored, there could be worse choices than Red Riding Hood, I guess. Not much, but there could be.
    Jason C Super Reviewer

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