Red Riding Hood (2011) – Film Review
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke
by Joss Spry
There’s an audience out there for this sort of movie. At least there certainly seems to be if the popularity of its contemporary cousins, the Twilight series, is anything to go by. Well, I don’t really think we should be encouraging it.
No doubt this will call itself a re-imagining of the perennial fairytale. But imagination is in seriously short supply in this neck of the woods.
Taking itself way too seriously to be any fun, Red Riding Hood takes a photogenic cast, Gary Oldman in scenery-chewing mode, and some striking production design. It then predictably combines them into the kind of wearisome and sentimental porridge that you have to expect from focus-group-driven movie making.
It’s a breathtaking spectacle alright, to see such a fantastically clichéd and melodramatic bit of product as this. But it’s also so depressingly cynical that you won’t even feel good about allowing yourself the fun of groaning and rolling your eyes.