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Review: Red Riding Hood

Sexy fairy tale adaptation with a bite
By PEG ALOI  |  March 11, 2011
2.5 2.5 Stars

Catherine Hardwicke's previous films, Thirteen and Twilight, primed her for this enticing bauble based on the Brothers Grimm's tale of sexual awakening. A werewolf terrorizes a village and a witch hunter (a marvelous Gary Oldman) comes to ferret out the evil within. The lovely Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) loses her sister to the beast, and she rejects Henry the blacksmith (Jeremy Irons's son Max!) for Peter the woodcutter (Shiloh Fernandez). Valerie hopes to escape all this turmoil by visiting her grandmother (Julie Christie!) in the woods, but is she safe when the wolf might be anywhere - or anyone? Fattening fairy tales for the screen is tricky, and Hardwicke gets it half right, valorizing romance over duty, integrity over tyranny. But the anachronistic dialogue is wince-worthy, and the lush cinematography is undermined by implausible colors. Still, this promises sweet, sexy bloodlust, and teenage girls will gobble it up.

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This is the worst movie I have seen since the fog. The writing is terrible - I could write better. The movie is a bad plot line, questonable action, odd camera angles (by far worst then Blair Witch), with cruel punishment for animals & the weak. Don't waste your money (the above review for the movie is written better then the movie) & the two best parts of the movie is when Gary Oldman dies (I guess the recession hit everyone hard since he took this part & was awful) and when the movie is over - where everyone clapped since the self torture was finally over!
Posted: March 19 2011 at 8:03 AM

Amy Bradstreet

Huh. Perhaps the reviewer knows exactly no teens? I saw this with my son and daughter, both teens and we laughed through the entire film, and not because it was unintentionally witty or smart, but because it was god-awful bad. Really, really bad. Nothing about the film was coherent, the acting was forever trapped in wet paper bags and the effects and sets were weak and boring. We're actually rather embarrassed that we saw it.
Posted: March 21 2011 at 5:02 PM
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