Red Riding Hood Review

So I saw Red Riding Hood this past weekend. Overall I would call it enjoyable and if you can see it cheap or for free, I would do it.
The story itself is good, if a bit cliche. It’s a re-imagining of Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood. Not terribly original, the wolf is actually a werewolf and it’s a guessing game as to who is the wolf, which you can guess fairly accurately in the first actual reveal of the wolf. But still lot of potential if you had a decent director and dialogue writer. Which this movie had neither.
Good Points:
The acting was actually fairly decent. I think they did the best they could with the material. The scenery and backgrounds were very beautiful and worked well with the costumes which were beautiful.
Bad:
Dear Gods! The dialogue was cheesy and redundant and inane. The scenery went from early fall (or mid spring) to mid winter in a half of a scene. It was clearly shot on a sound stage (or did an awful job of decorating a location). Clearly they had never seen Legend, which was shot on a sound stage with a gorgeous forest that looks like a fantasy forest but could exist in the real world. The direction…well I saw on Catherine Hardwicke‘s IMDB page that she’s going to be directing Hamlet and I wonder what the hell people in Hollywood are smoking.
The costumes as well. They were beautifully rendered and designed but they lack a consistency of era, location and season. They were extremely disjointed.

The biggest flaw was the direction, all the other flaws could be fixed by good direction and it lacked through the entirety of the movie.


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