Red Riding Hood

(2011)

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Review: Red Riding Hood

Transcript for Review: Red Riding Hood

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
That’s a scene from RED RIDING HOOD or what it might look like if the kids from "Twilight" got dressed up and went to the Renaissance Faire.  Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first "Twilight" movie, reinvents this fairy tale with a mix of stylized visuals and good old-fashioned teen angst. RED RIDING HOOD takes place in a small, medieval village on the edge of a dangerous forest. Amanda Seyfried stars as Valerie, who's torn between the bad boy she loves, played by Shiloh Fernandez, and the good guy she's been arranged to marry, played by Max Irons. At the film's start, the villagers are more frightened than ever following the latest werewolf attack.

Clip 2 -- I lost my sister

CHRISTY:
The menfolk hunt the creature down and think they've killed it. Gary Oldman, who's wonderfully slimy as a clergyman with some questionable ethics, warns them that they're wrong, and that they shouldn't let their guards down just yet. But ... they do.

Clip 7 -- Wolf attack

CHRISTY:
Still, the wolf has a soft spot for Valerie -- and do you blame him? But with everyone feeling so paranoid and mistrustful, Valerie's spiritual connection with the wolf makes her a suspect. This is the perfect time for the guys in this love triangle to step up and prove themselves.

Clip 3 -- I thought you cared about her

CHRISTY:
RED RIDING HOOD has a haunted feel to it -- the scenery and the lighting often have a misty, ethereal, almost otherworldly glow. But then the set design feels super chintzy, like something you’d see in a  theme park. And then, of course, there is the Big Bad Wolf himself, whose C-G-I work looks so distractingly fake and disconnected from the rest of the film, it's hard to take him seriously. He may as well be on Team Jacob.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
This movie is terrible.

CHRISTY:
What do you really think about it?

IGNATIY:
Well, I don’t think it was really directed. It’s seems to have been costumed and decorated and not very well.  It raises all of the clutter, the theme park that you mentioned…it raises all kinds of interesting questions. Like if these characters are Catholics as the dialogue suggests, why do they go to a Russian Orthodox Church or where does the woodcutter get his hair gel?

CHRISTY:
He makes it himself.

IGNATIY:
I think he chops down a tree and takes like a big handful of sap and he like musses it up as he’s looking at his reflection in the lily pond.

CHRISTY:
And it’s just right.

IGNATIY:
It’s always just right.  You know, he gets knocked over and it stays perfect.

CHRISTY:
They’re not shirtless enough for me, that’s my main complaint is that I want the boys more shirtless.

IGNATIY:
Well, it’s set in Winter I mean…

CHRISTY:
That’s true it’s very, very snowy.

IGNATIY:
And you know everyone wears a short sleeved shirt.

CHRISTY:
Right and there are all of these dumb red herrings, but you weren’t paying attention to that because you were clearly looking at all of the stupidity abound which is hard to ignore.