Excerpt: It's no great surprise that Hollywood likes to tell the same stories over and over again. Movies cost a lot of money to make, more flop than succeed, and overall it's just a risky business to be in. So naturally the guys in charge are going to focus on stories that have worked in the past, movie stars people like and genres that seem popular. It makes sense that they would do it that way, but it's not the best formula in the world for originality.
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. “Red Riding Hood” falls into the second of these two genres in that it’s a story we all know, but it’s really been more of a fairy tale as opposed to something that’s stood on their own.
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. Put pretty doe eyed Amanda Seyfried in the lead role and make the big bad wolf into a werewolf… shoot it with some style, come up with some neat set design and interesting costumes, throw some quirky sexual...
Excerpt: "Catherine Hardwicke ('Twilight') directs a fantasy thriller that puts a haunting twist on the classic fairy tale. For years the villagers of Daggerhorn have maintained an uneasy truce with a werewolf - but the beast changes the stakes by killing the older sister of brave young Valerie (Amanda Seyfried). Promised in marriage to one man but in love with another, Valerie is affected yet again by the creature's bloody actions.
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 narrative. The Blu-ray debuts with good though far from stunning video but a better audio presentation.
Conclusion: Red Riding Hood makes a very clear push for Twilight -type appeal, but it falls short of that and any other fantasy standard you can think of. The film improves as it progresses, but largely because it starts from such a low place. Even if you invest in its one mystery, it's not in any substantial or satisfying way.
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 been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.
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. Regardless of its name, the residents deserve what they get. They’re stupid.
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. After being unceremoniously shoved off the series she moved on to another moody story of teen romance and angst, adapting the fairy tale Red Riding Hood to be fraught with sexual innuendo and symbolism, plus yet another story of an affair...