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Review: ‘Riding Hood’ Reboot Has Reviewer Seeing Red

Red Riding Hood
Warner Brothers

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

Summary: The idea of re-inventing the fable of Red Riding Hood by incorporating a werewolf probably seemed good on paper, unfortunately it wasn’t properly executed. It’s kind of hard to review this movie without comparing it to Twilight. Maybe it’s because they share the same director or maybe because Billy Burke has a father role in both. Mostly I think it’s because at the center of the story is a beautiful girl torn between two suitors.

Our main character is named Valerie (Seyfried). She lives with her family in a village in the woods. Every month the villagers are terrorized by a werewolf. One day Father Solomon (Oldman) comes to town to hunt the beast and casts suspicions on the villagers as to who the werewolf might be. With paranoia sweeping the village it’s hard to know whom to trust. In the middle of everything Valerie also has to deal with the competing affections of Peter and Henry. Peter is dark and dangerous while Henry is noble and sweet and either one of them could be the werewolf. Sadly the scene where the werewolf is finally revealed is pretty anti-climactic and kind of disturbing in a creepy way. I’m pretty confident that in the hands of a different director this movie could have been a lot better.  Grade: D

Trivia: Taylor Lautner (of Twilight fame) was considered for the role of Peter.

Rated: PG-13 – For violence and sensuality

Here’s the trailer for “Red Riding Hood.”

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