Movie Review

A classic fairy tale gets a 21st century make-over and its kind of grim, but is it good?

Amanda Seyfried plays a love sick teen who has boys and werewolves to worry about in Red Riding Hood. Seyfried plays Valerie, who is supposed to marry Henry, played by Max Irons. She doesn’t want to marry Henry, she wants to be with Peter, played by Shiloh Fernandez. Then suddenly Valerie’s sister is eaten by the werewolf, thus forcing red riding hood to postpone her plans. You have seen this kind of supernatural soap opera before; it’s called Twilight, but it’s not as good.

Notable co-stars include Julie Christie as the growling grandmother and Gary Oldman as the wolf hunter. Who will Valerie marry ? Who is the werewolf ? What will happen to this small medieval village they all live in?

Though its geared towards teens even adults may be surprised with the way the movie ends.

Red Riding Hood is trying to cash in on a certain vampire series’ success. It may do that in the short run since it is geared toward a pubescent demographic. The CGI werewolf is kind of cartoonish when it should be scary. The love triangle tends to get monotonous at times, almost soap opera seriousness when it should be just fun.

The flick-o-meter gives Red Riding Hood 3 out of five. It wasn’t scary, the romance element seemed a bit clunky, and in a lot of ways it’s a rip-off of Twilight.

Brett Martin

Brett Martin

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