3/15/2011

Movie Review: Red Riding Hood (2011)


With almost everything about it related to Twilight, Red Riding Hood can be seen as a sidebar to the wildly popular Paranormal Teen Romance genre.

Let's do an inventory: A pretty female lead? Check. A love triangle? Check. A werewolf? Check. Daddy & Mommy issues? Check. Heck, even Billy Burke (actor who played Kristen Stewart's dad in Twilight) is even there. Add into the mix director Catherine Hardwicke, what we have is a Twilight-ification of one of the oldest and durable folk tales around.

In fairness to the film and it's unavoidable Twilight comparisons, it's an enjoyable whodunit which folks will appreciate. The question of who's the werewolf will be answered with a big shocker since this angle has never been explored in other adaptations. The added bonus to the teens: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, and Max Irons have been given modern looks and hairstyles for instant likeability.

Red Riding Hood is a good watch for a group of friends wanting something to talk about. Teens will surely lap this movie up like a hungry wolf.


Rating: 3/5


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