My, what big dreams Hollywood has for transforming fairy tales into the next big Twilight thing in the business. And, in theory at least, Red Riding Hood offers real promise by exploring the roots of the legend for a fresh interpretation; it gets all medieval on us, as a village is stalked by a werewolf.
The virginal yet plainly horny Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) has loved orphaned woodcutter Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) since they were kids, but she has been promised to Henry (Max Irons), son of the prominent clansman.
Riding Hood were a comic book adaptation, it
would be the origin story, but this dreadfully bland first take would
have killed the franchise like a silver bullet. There is no romance
or sensuality, just the chaste moon-eyed groping we’ve come to
expect from the Stephenie Meyer-inspired lit-brand, and not one ounce
of suspense in a single one of Catherine Hardwicke’s frames here.
No heart or soul either beneath the scarlet cloak of teen soap opera
histrionics. Grade: D-
Opens March 11. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.