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T500FC, 433rd: Red Riding Hood (Catherine Hardwicke, 2011)

March.18.2011

Catherine Hardwicke, the same person who directed Lords Of Dogtown and Twilight, gives us a dark horror fit for viewers of all ages, as she has proved it with her Twilight touch; much more with the fact that after her vampire stint with Twilight, she gives us a werewolf film that was clearly a general patronage movie as opposed to Joe Johnston’s 2010 remake on The Wolfman.

A Hollywood-stylized version of the famous folk tale, little red riding hood, it ventures to the story of Amanda Seyfried, who eventually dons the red hood, who falls in love with a woodsman’s son. The town where Seyfried lives is threatened by a wolf who lives in the forest that envelop them; also the wolf killed Seyfried’s sister, in which a few townsmen hunted for the wolf. In one instance, the wolf showed up in the town and ends up face to face with Seyfried and the wolf talked to her. She journeys on her own and try to unravel why everything is happening not just in their town but in her life too.

I’d like to start this as a joke where Hardwicke is probably going to do another dark film that would star mummies, frankensteins, or even zombies where she’d try to induce some sappy form of love and relationship, carefully intertwined in the different scenes in the film.

Jokingly aside, and taking out a sort of disdain in the Twilight series, the film is quite interesting in a sense that the plot of the movie clearly involves a nice werewolf story. I wasn’t that surprised when I found out that the same director had a hand in that Twilight film. It was clearly there but it didn’t matter because she gave us Thirteen and Lords Of Dogtown. She already has a signature; the lightest of all was Lords Of Dogtown.

I am not sure, of course, if it is good. Red Riding Hood clearly is a mainstream film. Thankfully, it was chewable in some of its aspects though it was just there to sort of entertain us and one distinct feature of which it’s different take on a folk tale. I remember when I saw Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm years ago, it was quite a memorable shot to re-energize old tales, but this film didn’t live up to what I experienced before. Still watch-able though but I wasn’t that impressed.

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