Red Riding Hood (2011) – Movie Review

Red Riding Hood is dark fantasy film that is based loosely on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. As the film is directed by Catherine Hardwicke who also directed the vampire saga Twilight, Red Riding Hood clearly attempted to follow the footstep of Twilight.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Amanda Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood"
Amanda Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood"

Valerie (played by Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman who has to choose between her childhood lover, woodcutter Peter (newcomer Shiloh Fernandez) and the wealthy Henry Lazar (Max Irons) who was arranged by her parents for a marriage.

Valerie plans to escape the village with Peter but their plans are interrupted by the werewolf who struck the village and kills her sister. The people of Daggerhorn decides it is time to kill the werewolf considering their pact with the werewolf was over and it has crossed the line by killing a human.

Hardwicke tried to inject suspense in the film by making the viewers to guess who is the actual culprit (werewolf). Despite that and the other details in the film, the storyline is boring and predictable, making the movie dull and disappointing.

While many would have guessed Peter as the werewolf who attacked the village, very few would have guessed it is Valerie’s father Cesaire (Billy Burke) who is the actual culprit. Even so, it didn’t stop the lacklustre surrounding the film.

Amanda Seyfried totally outshines her co-star Shiloh Fernandez and the rest of the casts.

Overall, Red Riding Hood was dark, dull and truly uninteresting, making it one of the worst films in 2011.

My ratings: 5 out of 10.

Red Riding Hood (2011) Trailer

Red Riding Hood is thriller film about a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke. The film opens on March 11, 2011.