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Friday, 6 May 2011

Review: Red Riding Hood (12A) ★★★
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

The director of Twilight bring us a sort of ‘Werewolf whodunnit’ , very loosely based on the famous children’s fairytale.

After twenty years of keeping the wolf, thought to live on the edge of the forest, at bay through sacrificing prize live stock every full moon, a small town is haunted when the beast starts to attack the residents once more. A priest with an extensive CV in dealing with wolves is called in, who informs everyone that it is in fact a werewolf, who lives among them. This then sparks off a witch-hunt type scenario, with everyone being accused of being a werewolf left , right and centre. More people get mauled and the whole thing turns into a bit of a bloodbath.

There is some Twilight-ish aspects to the film. There’s a ‘forbidden’ teenage love triangle, beautiful scenery, werewolves and an incredibly annoying narrative from Amanda Seyfried, reminiscent of Bella Swan, though without the troubled angst.

For me, the characters were a little two dimensional and the relationships unconvincing. I also felt the language of the plot was far too contemporary and American and jarred with the setting and costumes. It wasn’t silly or funny enough for me, to be able to let these things slide.

I enjoyed the scenery, costumes and trying to guess who the big bad wolf was. I was disappointed with the overall film and the ending . The plot in itself wasn’t too awful, and could have made a pretty decent film. I think I’d have loved it if it had been directed by Tim Burton, but it wasn’t. I can see why people might like this film, especially if you are a Twilight fan, but for me, it just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Watch out for Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Hogan as an angry mob leader type character.

Review Submitted and Rated by: Nicky Willis


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