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A Twilight Spin-off: Red Riding Hood Movie Review

March 11, 2011

I have high expectations for Red Riding Hood as it attempted to make Charles Perrault’s tale more appealing to adults. It was such a brave feat indeed, but did they deliver?

Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, the young woman torn between two men. She is in love with brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day could be any one of them.

As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast – one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect and bait.

I applaud the efforts of the producers to “adultfy” the famous fairy tale. But the idea of infusing some ala-Twilight elements to the movie is not amusing at all. Since Twilight is quite famous now, and a lot of movies playing with the love triangle theme is quite a hit to tweens and tween-wannabes these days,  a lot of producers are playing with that idea to appeal to this specific market. The idea is overused already and watching another film with the same concept is disappointing.

It did not help that Catherine Hardwicke directed the film. I have the feeling that infusing the love triangle theme was her idea.  She just left the vampires out of the scene to not make it look too Twilight-y. But the girl confused, girl seems in love with this guy but likes this other guy idea is just oh so Twilight.

The younger market would probably love the film. The fusion of hip OSTs in a medieval setting sort of modernized the film worked for Twilight and kind of rocked this film as well. You can’t help but swoon over the leading men of Amanda Seyfried in the film and is hoping that she can select both because both guys are quite appealing in their own ways (This is me talking in a tween perspective). Red Riding Hood has all the elements to become a stronger, sensible film however execution needs to be improved.

Cinematography is fantastic. The mood of the film is captured in the scenes as the story progresses.

Overall, it is just an okay film. This may not amuse the older generation who might think that the movie ventured into a more serious take on the classic fairy tale. However, the movie will definitely captivate the  teen-tweens movie going generation.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 4:12 am

    wala namang Vampire sa movie teh. Surprisingly I think the movie is good. haha

    • March 11, 2011 4:30 am

      I was thinking Twilight that I forgot that there are no vampires in the movie. Pero nitanggal ko na thanks for pointing that out hehe. :)

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