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Red Riding Hood (2011)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 11 March 2011 (USA)
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Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

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David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (as David Leslie Johnson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Seyfried ... Valerie
Gary Oldman ... Solomon
Billy Burke ... Cesaire
Shiloh Fernandez ... Peter
Max Irons ... Henry
Virginia Madsen ... Suzette
Lukas Haas ... Father Auguste
Julie Christie ... Grandmother
Shauna Kain ... Roxanne
Michael Hogan ... The Reeve
Adrian Holmes ... Captain
Cole Heppell ... Claude
Christine Willes ... Madame Lazar
Michael Shanks ... Adrien Lazar
Kacey Rohl ... Prudence
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Storyline

Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the ... Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Believe the legend. Beware the wolf. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl with the Red Riding Hood See more »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,005,335, 13 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,662,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,300,442
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the trailer, the story is set in the 1300s. No date is given in the film itself. See more »

Goofs

Valerie was holding an axe that she snatched from Peter while he wasn't looking. In the next shot, the axe was gone and later appeared on the tree stump. See more »

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Solomon: Do you know how you kill a tiger, Father Auguste? You tie up your best goat and wait.
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Version of The Company of Wolves (1984) See more »

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Towers Of The Void
Written and Produced by Anthony Gonzalez and Brian Reitzell
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Tries to be too many things all at once
16 April 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure whether I wanted to see this movie. I am not a fan of the Twilight movies(the first of which Catherine Hardwicke also directed) and it didn't look like my kind of film. But I saw it for the wonderful Gary Oldman.

I wasn't expecting much, and I didn't get much. Red Riding Hood(not the fairytale by the way) does try hard to be a lot of things, including introducing a number of horror, fantasy and mystery elements. But due to the sluggish pace and disjointed story structure(that is full of overlong filler, particularly the celebration scene, and the dream sequence was very awkwardly placed) the film fails at pretty much all these elements.

The script is very clunky, underdeveloped and banal as well. A lot of it did not keep my attention and I found myself chuckling into my coke at any unintentionally funny bits. The CGI is quite poor here, with the wolf looking as though it was done in a hurry. Hardwicke's direction never rises above mediocre, the editing is unfocused and frenzied and the three titular characters are incredibly dull and uninteresting with the romantic elements between them poorly written and directed.

The acting doesn't fare much better. Amanda Seyfried is pretty but bland in the title role and shows little or no chemistry with her co-stars, while Max Irons(son of Jeremy), Lukas Haas and Shiloh Fernandez show good looks but awkward line delivery. Virginia Madsen and Billy Burke are both wasted, both over-doing it in a valiant attempt to elevate their weak material(these two actors probably had the worst of the dialogue next to the leads actually). And the climax is little more than a mangled mess and devoid of depth.

Despite these many cons, there are some decent assets. The score is atmospheric enough and the costume and set design are spot on. Plus there are two good performances, Gary Oldman and Julie Christie. Oldman does chew the scenery, but he looks as though he's having a ball, while Christie is very enchanting.

Overall, not terrible, but deeply flawed and over-ambitious. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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