Movie Review: RED RIDING HOOD [m]

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, and Virginia Madsen

In this dark fantasy spin on an age-old fable, a medieval township lives in fear of a toothsome werewolf. But when the monthly animal sacrifice fails to quench the beast’s bloodlust, they call in a lycanthrope-hunting priest. Meanwhile, the hamlet’s hoddie-toting hottie is ensnared in a love triangle with a hunky loner and a rich dude – one of whom might be sprouting fur. Unlike 1996’s chilling Freeway (starring a sexily slutty Reese Witherspoon and a lupine Kiefer Sutherland), about a serial killer giving a lift to a young runaway who’s hitchhiking to her nanna’s house, this is not the first nor the best take on the Little Red Riding Hood folktale. Still, while this reimagining is aimed more at tweeny Twilight demographic (yes, a coinciding Mills and Boon-esque novel has been commissioned), it boasts it’s fair share of thrills. Surprisingly enough from this almost unknown cast of misfit still trying to find their place in hollywood, the chemistry in the movie was that of seasoned actors who had been working together for years. They all just seemed to click together, i give special mention to Billy and Shiloh who were by far the stand outs. Still i just didn't really get the whole supernatural twist that they were trying to put on it, there seemed to be this odd sense of am I watching a real setting or is this CGI. I saw previously on critics blog about this movie that he was describing it as "a grown-ups version of twilight" and i would have to agree with him on that one as there are a lot more mature themes incorporated into this one which may very well appeal to the older generation. Give it ago and stick it out till the very end and i promise you wont be disappointed.

4/5

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