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06 May 2011

Red Riding Hood (2011) Review

So I thought I’d ignore the critics rating and check out this film. About five minutes into the film I can see why they were negative. Already we have action taking place with characters, which we have had no introduction to! Red Riding Hood is just another new generation vampire and werewolf flick (even though it’s on just werewolves, but you get me). This film pats The Brothers Grimm on the back and says “We’re gonna’ make a bad movie on this!” It seems the director from Twilight thought she'd be bright to revamp this story. Think again Catherine Hardwicke! What I am sad to see is that one of the producers names came up at the beginning. And that name was Leonardo DiCaprio. This was very surprising to me indeed. I thought someone like him would have shone light on the project. But it wouldn't be enough to save this disaster.

Well who really cares about the plot. IT’s the most boring unsatisfying thing about the film –Next to bad acting-. The film opens with seeing our protagonist (Red Riding Hood “Valerie”) at the age of 5 or so. She runs to the woods and meets her friend –that is a boy) and they catch a rabbit while the boy holds a knife in his hands. They then begin saying “you kill it” to one another. So merciless and stupid! Well we get the confusing narrative all the way through the film and we skip 10 years into the future where we see almost the same thing. This is what I meant by no character development whatsoever. All we see is two characters with each other –who are boring anyway- That we don’t even know anything about. So how can we feel anything? Honestly! 
The film is about stopping the werewolf from killing people at the village and they go on a quest to kill it. After killing the wrong creature they learn that they killed an ordinary wolf with the boring and anxious visitor, Solomon (Gary Oldman). How could such a great actor end up in this trash? He tells them that the wolf could be anyone in human form. So from there onwards everybody fears one another.
Valerie in her cape.
I might as well tell you the ending because I doubt after reading this you’ll very much want to see the film. At the end of the film they discover it was Valerie’s father who as the werewolf, and he was trying to get her to run away with her. The only thing this film had that was okay was the plot twist, because I thought it was the two boys who love her. Now, her father killed her sister –who is not really her sister in the aftermath- and scratched her mother. She is enraged and together with Peter they kill him. SO we learn from this she hates werewolves right? Well guess again! Peter leaves because he knows he is cursed but we later see him returning as a werewolf and looking at Valerie. Valerie’s smiles, completely suggesting she doesn’t mind the werewolf at all! This was so stupid!


Gary Oldman as Solomon.
It’s not just this plot that lets the film down –along with it’s inconsistency-, but the acting was pretty boring too. Gary Oldman did okay, but the film brings him down too. This film just makes me think of Twilight. Everyone is angry and depressed. Not once did laugh in this film. I more a less cried because of its badness. Not laughing I can handle, because there are a lot of amazing Dramas without jokes. So I am not relying on laugh factor here. So we have are three main characters.


Valerie: Also known as Red Riding Hood. She basically is one of those characters you don’t care about.
Peter: Peter is the boy we first see Valerie with and boy is he also emotionless. Not a very bright performance I have to admit.
Henry: Henry is the one Valerie is meant to marry, and is again a boring character.
Peter, the Edward from Twilight look-a-like.
What I was glad to see is the film was not packed out with CG. I admit I did expect a lot of CG, but no. What is even more annoying is just think of what this is base off! From a fairy-tale that has adaptions from all over the place. Looney Tunes, Tex Avery and even Disney cartoons do it! So trying to revamp this classic fairy-tale was a bad idea. This is definitely the worst film so far in 2011. To be honest you can't even call it 'Red Riding Hood'. That name is never mentioned and its a werewolf in the film. It is not one bit faithful to the story! To sum this film up it is dark fantasy is lifeless, emotionless and will drag you by your feet along it’ confusing narrative and bad plot.

My Rating: 2/10
 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds terrible then, I never really wanted to see this anyways. Great review!

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