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Red Riding Hood

3

The girl in the hood.

Red Riding Hood review

Catherine Hardwicke directed the first Twilight film, so it’s only fitting she’d helm this as well, since its very existence hinges on her 2008 hit.

Retooling the fairytale for the Team Jacob crowd, Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, the titular hood-wearer, a beauty living in a cursed village.

A bloodthirsty werewolf haunts the forest, and the villagers are forced to provide animal sacrifices to keep him at bay. But when the beast kills one of their own, they decide they’ve had enough and hire werewolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to rid them of the menace for good.

Meanwhile Valerie finds herself torn between two suitors: brooding mystery man Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) and the wealthy but dull Henry (Max Irons).

Fate may decide for her when it seems that one of the men may, in fact, sprout fangs and fur when the moon is full. There is a point in this film when Seyfried has a conversation with a CG wolf. It’s then you realise only Twihards could possibly take this film seriously.

Once you’ve abandoned all hope of seeing anything resembling the gothic horror promised by the marketing however, Red Riding Hood is actually a fun, goofy ride, albeit one lathered in chintz and froth.

Seyfried is perfectly cast, her natural fragility a wonderful counterpoint to all the man-beasts and moon-fiends, while the slasher-esque whodunit keeps you hooked. Make no mistake: Red Riding Hood is teenage trash. But much like the series that spawned it, it’s weird, campy, and (mostly) unintentionally funny teenage trash.

Verdict:

Not the fright-flick it purports to be, Red Riding Hood is nonetheless an enjoyably loopy teen-angst romp that will enthrall brooding teenage goths and their camp-loving parents, as well.

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    • theaker1

      Apr 12th 2011, 10:15

      give it a miss and buy 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' instead

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    • mattjones

      Apr 12th 2011, 16:25

      Ginger would Snap her neck.

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    • sotano01

      Apr 15th 2011, 13:26

      How can you justify giving this film a three star rating which is similar to 'Scream 4', the plot is flawed so is the casting and the idea of the film on the extreme end of ridiculous!

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    • shauna

      Apr 17th 2011, 19:39

      This movie was awesome, i really enjoyed it. Amanda seyfried is amazing actress and Catherine Hardwicke is an awesome director. Her movies are the best! =D Good job!

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    • howardjulia

      Apr 21st 2011, 15:50

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      Dont waste your time watching this, Mama Mia was scarier. The acting was dreadful the plot predicable and over all the film was cringeworthy. Only bit I liked was when red hiding hood had to wear the wolf mask that was quite funny and she looked better for it, you couldnt see her simpering face.

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