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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke
Genre: Fantasy

Plot: The big, bad wolf is back to haunt an all grown up Red Riding Hood.

Red Riding Hood
High point of the movie is its commendable set design against a beautiful backdrop.The opening panoramic scene capturing winter clad mountains, frozen lakes, deep valleys, never-ending waterfalls, castle, etc. is breathtakingly beautiful. 

It is shot in a medieval village, constructed entirely of wood, surrounded by snow covered peaks and dense oak forest. You so want to 'be' in the movie to experience this splendor of nature! Otherwise, it is the same old fairy tale with a slight twist.

Sadly, these are the only good things that can be said of the movie. Acting is mediocre, Gary Oldman is completely wasted. Amanda Seyfried has shown vast improvement from her last role in “Chloe.” Unlike artificial Chloe, she looks beautiful here.

The movie had a substantial enough plot to engage the popcorn-cinema-going audience, plus there was the general curiosity factor for others too. Some sincere effort in the scripting/directing part would have made it a sure winner. But that wasn’t to be. So a mere:


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