03-11-2011 04:45 PM
I saw "Red Riding Hood" on March 11. How timely that "American Idol" had the star of this film, Amanda Seyfried, in the audience last night promoting the movie!
The cinematography in "Red Riding Hood" is astounding. When you see Valerie (Red Riding Hood) walking through the snow with her red cape forming a velvet trail, the flaming red color stands out above everything else. The village is a quaint one and could be a subject for Thomas Kinkade. The water wheel is spinning around and there is a windmill. The forest is beautiful especially during the Fall. When Winter comes, the amber color of the fires and the snow present a humble atmosphere. The blood red moon is awesome and the appearance of the dreaded werewolf is determined.
This werewolf is about twice the size of a regular wolf and he attacks voraciously. He can mutilate someone in a split second. The werewolf can talk to Valerie but don't let his talking take away the fear. This werewolf has the strength of ten men.
Julie Christie plays Grandmother and there is an amusing scene where Valerie has a dream about her and those significant lines from the fairy tale about what big eyes you have and what big ears you have and what big teeth you have can once again be appreciated by the audience.
I do like the quote from Grandmother about bread taking away all sorrow.
What makes "Red Riding Hood" work as a fairy tale for adults is the contrived plot. You know that someone in the village is secretly the werewolf and you will keep guessing until near the end when the culprit is finally revealed.
03-14-2011 07:15 PM
After all of the terrible reviews I read of the movie, I honestly expected to hate it when I went to see it with some friends. However, I really enjoyed it! You're right, the cinematography was incredible and I really liked the dark interpretation of a children's fairy tale.
08-27-2011 10:48 PM
I saw Red Riding Hood like 2 weeks ago and i absolutely loved it! It is now one of my favorite movies. It was so well done. I haven't read the book yet but i really want to now.