Movie Review: Red Riding Hood3/13/2011
Movie Review: Red Riding HoodThe 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.