Lots of movies are releasing on wolves, with respect to any genre, action, thriller, suspense, and also love stories. Though the central theme has been choose a ‘Werewolf’, which definitely considered to some kind of thriller and horrifying movie, but now-a-days many makers are shaping there product into 90% love story in it, and only 10% would be horrifying or dreadful something. The biggest example is ‘Twilight’ series. Let’s see what makers had delivered us in this chick-flick ‘Red Riding Hood’.
The story begins from a village that is being under attack by a werewolf, but if the villagers surrenders one of its finest animals every full moon, the werewolf is satisfied and doesn't hurt the village. The priest, Solomon (Gary Oldman), a famous werewolf killer, has requested to visit the village to help them and to free the village from this deadly werewolf once and for all. Other side, a beautiful gorgeous lady Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is in deeply loves with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), and so do Peter. However Valeri is being forced to marry with Henry (Max Irons) by her parents. Valerie and Peter decided to run off from the village and live happily together, but before they could do anything one fine day Valerie’s older sister was being brutally killed by werewolf. And now before Solomon arrives, this sad situation forces the villagers to take the situations on their own hands. They all started to hunt the werewolf before Solomon gets there. The story goes further deeper when Solomon enters the spot and from his divine sense and experience he warns the villagers that the wolf is actually taking human form during day light, and could be any one among villagers. As night after night the death ratio was rising with each moon. After some lethal situations that happened on her own house, Valerie now begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As the terror holds the village, she further realizes that she has some unique connection to the beast. What follows further is an action, suspense thriller, combined with a touching love-story.
This movie seems to be a suspense and thriller kind of, but it's hardly anything in that. The happenings where it supposed to be tense, it slow down suddenly, and more to that all the action and fight scenes are laughable at best. The romance between Valerie and Peter seems enforced and there is no seen chemistry connecting between them. There are many scenes in which when they are together, it was looking and feeling awkward on screen, and the conversations they have are terrible. The music was not at all impressive, and so does the performances by each and every character. Most of the performances by the characters in this movie are tasteless. The most solid performances were from Solomon (Gary Oldman) and the Grandmother (Julie Christie) but they are experienced veterans and one wouldn't expect anything less from them on screen. They gave rock-hard performances, but sadly there characters were not lifting up their performance, and that's due to a weakly written script. In the entire movie, the plot is mainly focused on figuring out who is the werewolf or more correctly who the person is changing into the wolf. Moreover, this movie is not a horror by any means. The last thing that annoyed me was how each one looks just right in this movie. For example, the village has been doomed down by this werewolf for two long generations; however everybody were looking like they had walked out of the salon, relaxed and tension-free, even in the middle of the night.
Red Riding Hood was looking like that the makers has delivered another series for the movie ‘Twilight’. Twilight series fans will actually love this movie, but not as great, but will definitely at least enjoy this one. Those fans will compare this movie from Twilight, and that is why they will find the movie average as Twilight as already captured the hearts of many. Direction was impressive and so does the visuals in the movie. Visually the movie was very eye-catching. Visually it was everything that people were criticizing for Twilight in which it was lacking; I guess it’s just because of budget. The cinematography, color schemes, set production values, all were just excellent.
I'd consider my taste in films to be refined, but I still managed to enjoy this as I liked the Twilight series a bit. Watch it only if you are a big-hardcore fan of the ‘Twilight’ saga. If you like striking freezing panorama and fairy tales kind of movie, you will get something out of this.