Excerpt: I’ve often said that new movies come in one of three genres: a re-make of an old TV show or movie, adapted from a comic book or graphic novel and then you’ve got the bona fide films out there.
Conclusion: In 'Red Riding Hood,' Catherine Hardwicke attempts to modernize the legendary folk tale made famous by The Brothers Grimm with a sexy makeover. Starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, the horror melodrama fails at entertaining viewers but succeeds at the baffling logic within a visually-arresting...
Excerpt: Hey wow, the lady who made those awesome Twilight movies and sucked whatever remaining coolness there was right out of the vampire movie has sunk her fangs into fairy tales now. In Hardwicke’s defense, 2011’s Red Riding Hood probably seemed like a cool idea on paper.
Excerpt: Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has...
Excerpt: Fantasy writing is fun. For instance, the town of Daggerhorn is the centerpiece for this gothic adaptation of Red Riding Hood . Let’s play a game where we rename that town using the same methods they did, a weapon and an animal part. Swordtooth, Axetail, and Knifebeak. See, it’s easy.
Conclusion: Ouch. Red Riding Hood is a tough slog; one that rarely, if ever, sinks its teeth into the possibilities. There are a few decent ideas buried in this mess, I know it. I just had a hard time digging them up. At least Warner's Blu-ray release makes it all go down a bit easier.
Excerpt: The legacy of Twilight is impossible to miss in Red Riding Hood , a movie that only exists because its director Catherine Hardwicke shepherded the first installment of the massive vampire franchise to nearly $400 million worldwide.