Red Riding Hood
Rating: Kinda Sucked
This movie seems to try very hard at appealing to the fans of “Twilight” and “The Notebook”. However, it lacks the turmoil and teenage-appealing drama that Twilight has. Also, it lacks the realism and adult nature of The Notebook. When you couple that with bad dialogue and deadpan, emotionless acting, you get a movie that most people won’t want to waste their time with. Interestingly, there is a certain personality of movie-goer that absolutely loved this movie. So, read on to see if you’ll be likely to enjoy Red Riding Hood or be happier watching paint dry.
What you may not like:
-Very poor acting, it’s more about reciting the lines than it is about conveying the emotions behind the lines.
-The scenery looks cheap, very much like the set work of a play and not actual locations
– The script is kind of thrown together. They took key “buzz” concepts and tried to use the formula approach to storytelling by using such plot points as forbidden love and arranged marriages. How it’s all glued together is rather lazy and lacks any real depth
-It’s not a horror movie, though it seems to advertise itself as one, though I guess it could argue it’s simply a bad horror movie
-It can’t decide on a tone, one minute it’s campy/goofy, the next it’s trying to be suspenseful and serious etc.
-People aren’t on the same script, Gary Oldman is playing his character like the movie is a campy horror flick like a Sam Raimi film, Seyfried is in Twilight mode, and most of the other characters just look lost
-It’s like they took the least attractive people from Twilight and made a movie
-Crappy effects, the wolf looks pretty cartoony
-Boring directing, the shots don’t really tell a story, they just wait for people to finish their lines
What you may like:
-Gary Oldman’s pretty good, but if he wasn’t I’d probably have a brain aneurism right now
-Good photography, that is to say, the quality of the color and lighting in a lot of the scenes was quite good, unfortunately no amount of photographic excellence can save really crappy sets
-It’s based more on the original Red Riding Hood than the Disney calamity, pretty much all of The Grimm Brothers’ as well as earlier tales were more gruesome than anything. People were pretty twisted back then compared to now
-The idea isn’t bad, it’s really the execution that kills the movie, I would have loved to see a Red Riding Hood horror movie that was actually a horror movie
The bottom line is, to a point, there’s someone for anything, just like there’s something for everyone. If you enjoyed GI Joe, anything with Channing Tatum in it, Twilight and any other movie that keeps it simple, you’re going to like this movie. Not only are going to like it, you’re going to have a hard time understanding what everyone else’s problem is with this movie. For everyone else, it’s not even worth the time invested in a rental.
What’d you think?
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