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Movie Review – Red Riding Hood

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Since the success of the ‘Twilight’ films there was bound to be a swag of imitators coming through trying to either dethrone that series from the peak of romantic/fantasy teen movies or riding its coat tails for a quick buck. But, in film terms, it’s only been 2½ years since the first film in the series hit the screens and did big business and it normally takes that amount of time for the copy cat films to come through the system.  When I saw the trailer for ‘Red Riding Hood’, I could see straight away that this was aiming squarely at the Twilight fan base, and the fact its director also directed the first of the ‘Twilight’ films didn’t escape me either. Even though the trailer showed it to be very much a teen ‘chick flick’, that didn’t put me off as I do tend to see almost everything, so I bought my ticket and hoped that it would at least be a good watch.

“Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon, to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them.”

So, in this film, instead of vampires we have werewolves, and instead of being based on a hugely successful teen fiction series we have an ancient fairytale brought to life. However, despite that, we have the same through-running theme of young love being fought over in all its ‘angsty’ glory, but where ‘Twilight’ at least had some decent characters, sadly, I found this film to be very light in that aspect. The story was so contrived to fit a ‘mould’ of what a teen audience would want to see that, from my 30 year old eyes, it seemed like a try hard film rather than a standalone strong piece of cinema. I did still enjoy some of it but generally it wasn’t my cup of tea.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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