Valerie is a romantic young woman who loves a local boy and dreams of a picture perfect life. But when a werewolf begins terrorizing her small village, and kills her sister, Valerie is left with a choice that my ruin her romantic ideals if not kill everyone she knows.
Amanda Seyfried (Valerie), Gary Oldman (Solomon), Billy Burke (Cesaire), Shiloh Fernandez (Peter), Max Irons (Henry), Virginia Madsen (Suzette), Lukas Haas (Father Auguste), Julie Christie (Grandmother), Michael Hogan (Reeve).
Red Riding Hood starts off with some good plot setup and character history before slipping into the darkness of terror as a werewolf begins killing people in a small village. Quickly turning into a mystery, audience interest is held not just by the suspsense but by the desire to figure out the identity of the werewolf. As the carnage continues there are nice inclusions of elements from the original fairytale in the film making this feel like a truly updated version, though the teen drama and likeness to other popular teen fantasy films at the moment is a bit much.
Acting is pretty good with Seyfried delivering a nice performance. Oldman did well with a role that fit his unusual style like a glove. The experience of Irons, Madsen, Haas, and Christie all added a solid feel to the acting in this one.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good though the film did have a small set feel. CGI was decent but a bit overdone at times lending an unrealistic feel to many parts. Dialogue was good, as were sound and soundtrack.
Overall Red Riding Hood is a decent updating of the traditional story that is obviously aimed at riding the wave of teen drama/horror films recently. The story is entertaining but with a focus on the romance, there just isn’t enough depth or horror in this one to appeal to older audiences.
With plenty of violence, mild sensuality, and terror this should be fine for teens and above.
Official movie site.
Red Riding Hood is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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