Director Catherine Hardwicke follows up TWILIGHT with this updated take on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Shares some similarities with Hardwicke's more popular feature, but it's stronger and more assured, and surprisingly well designed. The story is still uneven and occasionally awkward, but the evocative fairy tale feel is a nice touch.
Watched this mostly for Gary Oldman and some of the sweeping shots used in the trailer to lure people in...it was such a mess...from the dialogue, acting and the editing. The star is mostly for Gary Oldman and the use of Fever Ray.
Red Riding Hood lied - this is hardly worthy of the fairy tale, heavy on grim, lousy with fairy-mess. Oldman showed up, cashed check, drank a lot in his trailer before the burden of Hardwickes' inept direction and shoddy script leaves even the guy on the ladder changing the bulbs a quiver. Ouch. This stinks.
The minute I saw Peter I made a bet with my friend that he'd eventually appear shirtless. Up until the end I thought I was going to lose, but I won myself 50 cents. Got to say that the whole "Little Red Riding Hood goes bad" feeling was a little too much (kind of trashy, actually). I recommend it if you like Twilight. Not of my taste, though.
While I was hoping to be able to interpret this film as a work in itself, i.e. without comparing it to other films, it was quite impossible. I feel this film is made with little girls as the prime intent, noting how two boys fighting for one girl is very reminiscent of the "Twilight" series. The script was muddled, filled with characters who I didn't care about. All in all: avoid, even if you're hung-over.
I set my expectations very low towards this, maybe that's why I was kind of surprised of how much entertained this movie ended up being. However you can still save Gary Oldman's performance. Nothing new here.
This was a dreadful mistake: a mistake of a film & a mistake that I got roped into seeing this film. Julie Christie as the grandmother (she still looks great) & Gary Oldman as a zealous spiritual warrior--creepy & campy--are about the only things that are noteworthy about this awful film.
I'd give this film zero stars but it's not possible here.