Red Riding Hood review by Siva Kumar - Cinema Paradiso
‘Red Riding Hood’ directed by Catherine Hardwicke is a fantasy film based on the old folk tale of the same name. The movie follows Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a young woman living in a village along with her parents. When she is about to elope, she learns the death of her sister Lucy in the hands of a werewolf that is threatening the village. The movie follows Valerie’s quest in finding the real person who turns into a werewolf.
The story is very loosely based on the old folk tale of Red Riding Hood. The mystery and suspense is clearly maintained throughout the film. The emotions of the lead characters are well portrayed throughout this movie. Despite this, the film suffers due to various flaws that can be found throughout the film. The screenplay is pretty weak and it doesn’t keep you interested. Some of the sub plots like Suzette’s affair with Adrian is quite not necessary for this kind of a story.
The CGI graphics for the werewolf fighting sequences are good. The movie share the same idea of ‘The Village’ in which all the villagers are threatened by an unknown creature in the woods. However, the narration is not done to the required extent. The movie mainly relies on the character Valerie played by Amanda Seyfried. However, her expressions don’t help the movie get any better.
It can be seen clearly that this movie is targeted at ‘Twilight’ fans. Considering the fact it is directed by the same director, the movie suffers from various clichés. Too many things have been tried in this movie but none of them lives up to the expectations.