Red Riding Hood (M)

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Review byTenani French28/03/2011

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 100 mins

Amanda Seyfried is about the only thing keeping this film from a one star rating. With a preposterously stupid plot, uninspiring lead men and the pacing of a snail with a walking frame you’ll be out of the theatre before the credits hit the top of the screen.

What's it all about?

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.

The Good
The Wolf is up there with Aslan and the polar bear from The Golden Compass in terms of photo-realistic animal effects, though it’s often jumping around the place so fast you don’t get to really take it in. As previously stated Amanda Seyfreid is magnetic as always and does her best with the withered dialogue. She seems to have practiced her best “shocked stare” pose, and it comes in handy many times during this film.

The Bad
Unfortunately, even with Seyfried in the lead the film limps along with all the script cheese of Twilight (which curiously shares a director with Red Riding Hood). The two leading men seem like they were cast solely for their looks and not their acting ability (another similarity to Twilight?) and there are a number of gaping plot holes left unanswered. The film suffers from a strange coupling of flat acting and random, over-the-top action sequences.

Red Riding Hood feels like a middle-aged woman’s sexual fantasy (again, Twilight) and I found myself simply waiting for it to be over.

Worth seeing?
The offspring of Twilight and a fairy tale is about as painful as you might expect. The film is proof that some fairy tales should be left alone, unless you have a Red Riding Hood fetish.

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