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Red Riding Hood Movie Review
Release Date: 2011
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Written by: David Johnson
Amanda Seyfried as Valerie
Gary Oldman as Solomon
Shiloh Fernandez as Peter
Max Irons as Henry
Julie Christie as Grandmother
Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (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 (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. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures
This movie version of Little Red Riding Hood is a dark twist on the fairy tale, a thriller but not horror, it's not quite gritty enough to be horror.
Valerie (Red from the fairy tale) loves Peter (the hunter). But love is not easy for anyone when there's a werewolf hiding somewhere in the village.
If you enjoy werewolf stories and movies, you'll enjoy this one. There's an old world, classic fairy tale feel to the story with a beautiful fantasy setting. Instead of taking a classic and making it modern, they took a classic and made it darker. The acting is well done, and the movie set is dark and evocative. The town is beautifully built and I love that it's lit by torches.
I only have one complaint - the love triangle isn't really a triangle at all, but the chemistry between Valerie and Peter more than made p for that in the romance department. The mystery of the wolf is more than compelling enough for fairy tale fans.
This is a movie that's well worth watching once.
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