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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Red Riding Hood Movie Review
Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a 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. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast-one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.-- (C) Warner Bros.
When we were little, we were told about this fable of a girl going into the woods, on her way to Grandmother's house and wearing a red cloak. She then met a wolf and then the rest is history. The fable thought us, not to talk to strangers, or else you will be in danger.
Red Riding Hood conjure a whole new version and twist in the classic legend. The combination of young love, suspense and ancient legend is what makes this fantasy thriller more appealing to the viewers. Amanda Seyfried did a great job being a grown up little girl who's not afraid of the wolf. Her personality fits the role perfectly. The two heartthrobs fighting over Amanda is something to watch out for. Being both new comers in the industry, Shiloh Fernandez (Peter) and Max Irons (Henry) did a great act. Director Catherine Hardwicke, who also directed Twilight, puts in so much imagination and excitement to this fantasy thriller that you would bring you gasp in some parts of the movie. Being a werewolf movie, the film did not focus much on the transformation, but on the thought about a wolf who also happens to be human. (that's why i think, you will seldom see the wolf in the movie) I liked the movie. For me it very twilight-y except for the wolf legends and such.
Opening across the Philippines on March 11, “Red Riding Hood” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.