Red Riding Hood: the Reviews

Posted by Glennis Byron on March 12, 2011 in News tagged with ,

Thinking about seeing Red Riding Hood? I just skimmed through some of the reviews this morning, and the verdict is not good.

The Washington Post: ‘A tale cloaked in pretension’         ★

O, for the love of all that’s Grimm, what hath “Twilight” wrought?… For the strenuous effort Hardwicke puts in to juice up “Red Riding Hood” with hormonal lust and psychosexual meaning, the movie remains an oddly wan, bloodless affair. My, what big pretensions it has. And not a cogent idea in its pretty little head.

USAToday: Red Riding Hood: the better to bore you with.     ★★

The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it’s a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.

Vancouver Sun: ‘Once upon a time, Amanda Seyfried starred in a laughable adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood‘  ★

Once upon a time in a medieval village that looked like what would happen if you built a film set in a snow globe, there lived a hot little girl named Valerie (why Amanda Seyfried, what big lips you have). Valerie wore a red cape with a big hood, and so everyone called her Valerie.

The people in Valerie’s village were all afraid because a big bad werewolf had been manufactured by the local special-effects company to come along and eat people every full moon.

CNN: Red Riding Hood Far from Legendary

Even Julie Christie’s grandmother speaks with an American accent, while the village hairdresser must have been an ancestor of Vidal Sassoon. At least Christie can act, even if she’s hardly convincing as the little red herring Hardwicke asks her to play in a succession of heavy-handed scare tactics.

The same goes for Gary Oldman, whose purple turn as the fearless werewolf hunter Solomon somehow rises above camp to evoke the witch-hunting hysteria of “The Crucible” — if only Arthur Miller had thought to throw in a giant tin elephant on wheels as an Inquisitorial torture device.

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