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Red Riding Hood (2011)

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Sometimes you may feel like watching a comedy, drama, musical and so on. Also there are times you are looking more for the writing, directing or a visual feast. But out of all these moods there are times you just want a fun movie that is a guilty pleasure and that is what Red Riding Hood delivers.

Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is in love with woodsmen Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) but her parents, played by Billy Burke and Virginia Madsen, have promised her hand to a blacksmith’s son named Henry (Max Irons). Valerie decides to run away with Peter but before she can the werewolf, who has not killed in 20 years, kills her sister. The town is in an uproar and wants the blood of the wolf. The townsmen set out with pitchforks and torches to get the wolf in a scene that had my mom and I singing the Beauty and the Beast song where they are going to get the beast at the end, because it was so close to that in feel. They kill what they think is the werewolf only to find out that the wolf is one of them. Now Valerie doesn’t know where to turn anymore. Peter is pulling away and Henry is trying to get her to notice him. Her parents are torn apart by her sister’s death and her grandmother (Julie Christie) is lurking around creeping everyone out.

The screenwriter did a good job of adding in lines/story points from Little Red Riding Hood the fable. This might not be a really clever or well-written movie but it knows what it is and just goes for it full force. There is very little violence and a lot of soul searching about how well you know the people around you and yourself. Catherine Hardwicke uses they same style in Red Riding Hood that she does in Twilight, but unlike in Twilight she has an amazing cast and slightly better writing to help. Aside from the main cast there is Lukas Haas as the town priest, Gary Oldman as the church werewolf hunter and Michael Hogan, previously on Battlestar Galatica, who all help make this an enjoyable movie to see.

Going into the movie I didn’t have high hopes and was just looking for a fun time and this movie more then delivered. A lot of other movies that fall into this female driven paranormal romance category have cringe moments where you can’t help but wince at something bad.  Even if you like the film and watch it on DVD often, these are the scenes you skip or fast forward through. When looking back I could not find a moment in Red Riding Hood that I would skip past. Do I think that men are going to rush out and see this movie and then talk about it right away with all their friends? No, but that is okay. Just like there are movies that women really have no interest in seeing and were not made with women in mind (my husband owns many of these films). This is a movie made with for women and does not try to be anything else. I do think that men being forced to see this with their partners will enjoy it more, thanks in large part to the actors, then other “girl” movies. And I am sure even my husband will say that it wasn’t that bad when I force him to watch the DVD with me, (yes I know already that I want to own this movie). Any women that are reading this and are looking for a fun movie I wholeheartedly say this is a must see for a girls night out.

This movie really brought into focus for me that there is as much enjoyment and room in our hearts for the fluffy popcorn movies.  Part of me is a little sad that this is a better movie then a lot of the other women geared movies but due to lack of good advertising I am not sure it will find the place it deserves in our hearts.

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Red Riding Hood (2011)

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Written by David Johnson
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez and Gary Oldman


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