Has it turn out to be harder to write an ending? Have writers unexpectedly forgotten that the climax is the peak point of ones fairy-tale? Or is Hollywood getting idle? Red Riding Hood is perhaps the most annoying and unproductive movie I've been to, and the reasons which are written above is just one of many.
Apart from my feelings, Hardwicke is a director who is ready to take gigantic risks in career life. She did so with Twilight, which was a massive hit among teens, and also here she does have a first-rate eye for a shot followed by several scenes.
The film's major dilemma is, apart from being anti-climatic, that the plot is just a jumbled mess. If you thinking Tim Burton's ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was awful and jumbled mess, wait till you get a load of this movie. To top it all off, it's ubiquitous with clichés, like the enforced love triangle, the mysteries, disaster-prone character, and just so on.
The actors are an assorted bag and had given overall an average performance. Seyfried does a fine job here and has a bounty of sentiment in her presentation. She has an abundance of tacky lines but she does a fine job for what she has to work with. Gary Oldman was just amazing, but that was probable as he always stands out with his every performance. On the negative aspect, Shiloh Fernandez gives one of the most horrible performances ever here. Virginia Madsen just terrible here as well, and is more or less does over-acting.
On the whole ‘Red Riding Hood’ is a film that has bounty of promises, but miserably doesn't stand to what it should be. It isn't a ghastly film by any means, but you are most liable to leave you dissatisfied and disappointed. If only had to recommend this movie for one thing only, it would be for the visuals. The over all look of the film has an elegant, thriving and bright palette that had made this film worth seeing on the big screen, but it's just that!
2.25 / 5