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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Movie Review: Red Riding Hood



Movie Review: Red Riding Hood

redriding1The other night I went to see Red Riding Hood with my hubby. I can't say that I was anticipating this movie, but I was definitely interested in seeing it. Let me start this movie review with the disclaimer that the movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who is known for directing Lords of Dogtown and Twilight. So knowing that, I went to see the movie anyway.

Red Riding Hood is portrayed by Amanda Seyfried and also stars Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen and Gary Oldman. Amanda's character Valerie is in love with a childhood friend but is engaged to be married to another man. On top of that, her little medieval town is being haunted by a werewolf.

The townspeople call in a religious man--played by Gary Oldman--who apparently has gone into towns and rid people of other big, bad wolves before. (And this might sound odd but for some reason I have a tiny crush on this old man). Oldman's character, Father Solomon, has a very different way of dealing with werewolves and basically begins to terrorize the village himself by announcing that the werewolf is someone in the town, that everyone will be watched and searched, and that the werewolf will be killed--no matter who it may be.


Now, Valerie believes that anyone could be the wolf, including either of her suitors (think Edward and Jacob) or even her dear grandmother--and yes, they do that whole "what big eyes you have" thing. Amid all this, Valerie discovers that the werewolf can speak to her and that he wants to take her away with him. She is then left to decide whether she will sacrifice herself for her family and friends or try to find out who in the town is the actual beast.

I must say, I actually found this film to be quite intriguing. It was intense, visually appealing, a bit funny and even had some cute boys. But, like I stated earlier, it was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, so it included those "moments of longing" a la Kristen Stewart's Bella that were just a bit too dream sequency for me. I give it 3.5 out of 5 hearts.

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Ari van den Berg said...

It was definitely better than I was anticipating.

I'm not sure how I feel about your Oldman/Old Man Crush though :-).

I'm glad it was over 'twilighted' and the suspense of figuring out who was the wolf was very well done.

MissBrittanyBoo said...

Thanks for the review! I've have been anticipating the release of this movie. I tried to go Friday and yesterday, but my guy has been sick :( Im dragging him there today!! I really like Amanda Seyfried

Diana Dang said...

Lol, thanks for the review. I have heard much worse reviews about this.

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PurpleNepenthe said...

I really appreciate the review. Like you, I'm not too interested in it before seeing, but now that I've heard a little more about it I will remember that I might be interested when it shows on TV next year :) Thanks.

Juno said...

Really thanks for the review. When I saw Catherine Hardwicke directed it I said "it's gonna suck" xD but now having read your review I think I'm gonna see it.
And about your Oldman crush, I'm with you. I've had a crush on him since Dracula. He may be a little older than my usual crushes, but he is still hot.

Couture Carrie said...

Fab review!
Might have to see it now!

xoxox,
CC

Christine said...

i cant wait to see this movie, think it looks really good :)

Sweet said...

I want to see the movie now!!!! WOW!!! I am pretty much intrigued but is it worth it to watch at the theaters or just at home hahahaha!!!! cmon' tell me...the hub wants to watch it at the cinema but not so sure...maybe its one of the okay okay film nyahahaha!!!! anyways I love Amanda Seyfriend...

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kirstyb said...

cant wait to see this movie xxx

Courtney Erin said...

I was kind of ambivalent about this one but it sounds worth seeing!

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Rhoda a.k.a xMiss-Charmingx said...

I definately want o see this. I love little red riding hood, she is one of my favourite children character. I'm looking forward to it alot now. Thanks for sharing :)

Shen Dove said...

Your review is making me rethink my decision to wait until Red Riding Hood was available on Netflix : )

Clare said...

GREAT review and very much line with what I have been hearing about the film. I figured it would be a bit hokey given that the direct did the twilight movies and those are pretty lame. Even though I have seen each one.

Krystal said...

I had no idea that this was a movie that was out!! I think it sounds fun...I'd love to see how they adapt it. Adding to list :)

joana said...

It seems like it is a great movie!

The Red Angel said...

Great movie review, Cheryl! I've been meaning to see this...thanks for the short synopsis.

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Tabatha said...

Truth be told, I hadn't heard of this movie, but it doesn't sound bad at all. (Even though I loathe everything Twilight & coing from the same director, I'm a little biased, too.) But Gary Oldman is hot! So yes, I'd watch if I get the chance to.
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the Citizen Rosebud said...

I do. And now even more. I love costumes and Gary Oldman. So you just gave me incentive to look it up!
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Lee Oliveira said...

I really want to see this movie. I heard some great reviews about it
Lee x

FashionJazz said...

Thank you for the review! Hope you had a lovely wknd xx

nookie said...

yes I am planning to see it, it will come out in April here.. Yours is the first review I've read and you made me more curios;)

Haute World said...

Thanks for the review! I found the trailer to be quite appalling, but I might give it a shot. I do like Gary Oldman, so maybe that's worth watching alone!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh thanks for the review! I've been contemplating seeing it after watching the trailer numerous times. I really like a bunch of the actors so I was intrigued :)

Hello Naka said...

the actress looks so beautiful ^^ but i dont think i will watch it any time soon :(

Style, She Wrote said...

Awesome review! I've wanted to see this and appreciate the honest critique. xo style, she wrote

tjalaine said...

Thanks for the review! My boyfriend's sister was just talking about how she wanted to go see this, so maybe we'll go check it out!

Superficial Sydney said...

Can't wait to see it!!

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Tanvi said...

I would wanna watch it but after your review may be on Dvd :)

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She is Sara said...

I wanted to see this, but I appreciate your review! It seems it is kind of like what I thought.

Olivia - Varnish Me said...

You're definately not the only one having a crush on Gary ;) I love him as dracula *drools*
Haven't seen this movie though....yet :D

Christine said...

Thank you so so much <3 <3

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Leia said...

I'm so embarrassed - I haven't even heard of this movie! I think I would like to watch it.

Leia

Toesthattwinkle! said...

My friend wanted to seee this with me but Im glad we didnt. Looked so cliched and unoriginal. nice review though!

Pratishtha Durga said...

The movie has been on my to-do list... Your review has helped me make up my mind. Will surely watch...

Cafe Fashionista said...

Personally, I think that I would like this movie; thus, I still have it on my must-see list. Great review, Cheryl! :)

a woman's right to shoes said...

I have heard so many different things about this film, but I kind of want to see it. Reading your review definitely made me want to, so looks like I have something to do this weekend =)

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Jamie said...

I was definitely wondering about this movie. I think Catherine Hardwick is a terrible director, but from your review it sounds really interesting. I will totally check it out. Thanks!

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modanista junkie said...

I am dying to see this movie. It looks great, and after reading your review, I'm convinced and need to check it out for myself. :)

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

I really want to see this film! I love Amanda and the preview looks so pretty. Now, your review has sealed the deal for me! Yay! :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

thanks for the comments! feel free to tell me if you loved or hated this movie after reading my review and seeing it for yourself!

Marcia B. said...

I will definitely check this movie out!

styleforlife said...

Cant wait to see this movie, love!
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Miles Of Style said...

wow...the review's definitely triggered my interest now im gonna watch it.

Michelle Lee said...

i want to watch this movie too!

Audrey Allure said...

Hmm interesting! I wanted to go see it because I adore Amanda Seyfried; the movie does sound intriguing. When I saw the previews, it sort of reminded me of that horrible movie - The Village - but I'm glad your review sounds like it's much better than that!

Tara said...

I love this movie, Amanda look so pretty :)

Diego R. Wyatt said...

I am planning on seeing this over the weekend and have been very skeptical of it. I am not a fan of any of Hardwicke's movies...especially Twilight, so I am a bit apprehensive and reviews have been mixed. This is one of my favorite stories though, so for that reason I will check it out. Great post!

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Christianna said...

First off thank you for the lovely comments on my blog!
I actually reviewed this movie as well, and really enjoyed it. I thought it was clever, dark and a little over the top. Just like a fairy tale!

Kavery said...

Red Riding Hood is now a movie? Didn't know that. Hmm.. will have to think about this.

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