Red Riding Hood: Blu Ray Review
Red Riding Hood
Released by Warner home Video
Riding Hood is the latest adaptation of the fairy tale and sees Amanda
Seyfried's Valerie trapped in a love triangle with Shiloh Fernandez's woodcutter
Peter and Max Irons' Henry - as well as a murder mystery, when the townsfolk
she's living with in a high mountain range are picked off by the big bad wolf.
As fear continues to grip the snow-capped village,
a priest (played with scene chewing aplomb by Gary Oldman) is called in to try
and save them.
But as the climate of terror grows,
the threat to Valerie and those she loves becomes greater - and soon she
realises she's the key to saving everyone.
its opening shot of villages in mountains as the camera sweeps across trees,
it's very hard to not think about Twilight - which I guess to a degree is what
you'd expect from the director of the very first film. Throw in lines like "If
you love her, you'll let her go" and "I lost a sister - I can't lose you" and
clearly you're in teen angst territory in more ways than one. Add into the mix a
pair of boys and a love triangle - plus a wolf which looks like one of wolf pack
from a certain other franchise - and you'd be forgiven for thinking you're
watching a different film.
That said, while the
rest of the cast are fairly wooden and stilted, Amanda Seyfried shines in this.
With her big blue eyes (all the better for seeing you with, right?) and pale
complexion, she stands out from the rest of the townsfolk - but physicalities
aside, she also stands out with her slightly ethereal acting, bringing an air of
mystery to her part as the film goes on. Gary Oldman is okay too - but he's
clearly overacting in some parts which takes the edge off a little
With some striking visuals and a gothic air here and
there, there's certainly something for genre fans to love - but many will feel
they've seen it all before. Some may even argue they've seen it done better too.
Extras: A good bunch includes an alternate ending,
commentary, gag reel, additional scenes, music videos - for once, a decent solid
smattering of extra stuff.