Red Riding Hood (2011)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie and Gary Oldman.

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Australian Release Date: March 24th 2011

Australian Rating: M

Score: 1/5

A medieval village is plagued by a restless werewolf, and everyone is a suspect. Sound simple? Well it is. Throw in a shallow teenage love story and you’ve got a cheap teen flick that kids barely watch past their partner’s lips.

That may sound a bit harsh, but there was no real hook at the beginning. I was bored within minutes and only stuck it out because I don’t like half watching movies. There was a mediocre love triangle, well, two actually, and the whole story was “who’s the wolf?”. The film consisted of making 4 or 5 people appear to be the wolf, and then at the very end you find out who is the wolf and who saves the heroine. I could save you seeing it by telling you who the wolf is, and that’s it.

The few bigger name actors in this movie played their roles as well as could be expected, but the rest of the no name cast was seriously lacking. It also suffered “insert-random-sex-scene-here syndrome”, which always annoys me. If there is a reason to show the sex scene, then by all means, otherwise it is a cheap distraction from story. And before you get upset with me, they didn’t even get anywhere with those scenes.

I don’t really have much more to say. I was really interested in the film and was terribly disappointed. I wish I had something better to say about it.


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