Red Riding Hood


Catherine Hardwicke's directing skills is what made the first installment in The Twilight Saga such a huge success. Now that the saga is drawing to a closing point Hardwicke's has taken a classic fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" and envisioned it for today's generation. So take the essence of a mystery with a good old fashion love triangle with a few horror glitches and you have yourself a take on this classic fairy tale come to life.

The tale begins in the woods where a small village settles but it’s been stricken of terror and fear for as long as anyone can recall that no one is safe. For a vicious werewolf is amongst the living in which the villagers form a pack with the creature having the beast spare them in exchange for one thing only which is Valerie. The sister to a young girl named Lucie who is killed by the wolf so Valerie is left saddened. Over time she adjusts and her love life and the town's worry collapse when Father Solomon arrives to slay the beast, little did he realize that this deed would surpass even his own abilities.

The CGI effects used for the werewolf are done well while the soundtrack for the film draws in that eeriness to the films structure. Leading actress who portrays Valerie in the film, Amanda Seyfriend best known for her role as one of the Mean Girls in the first Mean Girls film released in 2004, does an impressive job. Her character is torn between two young men just as in the Twilight series she must choose between them but aside from that she's a girl who knows who she is and what she wants and is nobody's damsel in distress in this role. This role overpowers the role that Kristen Stewart portrayed with the Bella Swan character. As for the rest of the case is well plotted out Gary Oldman does an outstanding job as Father Solomon while new heartthrobs Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons are the perfect rival suitors for this heart quenched villager.

All in all this take on this classic tale is upbeat and fun taking a turn on a tale lifting it out of the gutter and making it catchier than ever.

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