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Hungry Like the Wolf: A Review of Red Riding Hood

Zelda Zonk
Film Critic
Apparently, Hollywood’s latest religion of choice is happy endings- the fairytale kinds. Leonardo DiCaprio’s adaptation of Red Riding Hood, a childhood favorite with a slightly more menacing demeanor, directed by Catherine Hardwicke hit the big screens last month. Red Riding Hood is filled with Catherine Hardwick’s choreographed filmic moves: forbidden Romeo and Juliet love, bursting at the seams lust, handsome suitors, and innocent heroines plagued by supernatural assassins [love triangle included].
In a sleepy medieval European village, villagers live in constant terror evoked by a werewolf that haunts it. At the heart of this gothic like film, is a young girl named Valarie known as Red Riding Hood. Valarie (Amanda Seyfried) and her beloved Peter’s (Shiloh Fernandez) romance is overshadowed by a conundrum- Valarie’s unwanted engagement to the wealthy Henry (Max Irons) orchestrated by her mother Suzette (Virginia Madsen ). After Valarie’s sister Lucy is killed by the wolf, the townsmen form a villgiante to hunt and kill the wolf. However, this plan only leads to the death of Henry’s father and an eventual attack on the village during a celebration. Everyone becomes a suspect. Valarie begins to suspect both Peter and Henry of being the werewolf. It becomes a game of cat and mouse and Valarie is unsure of whom can she trust. Above all can love over come fear of the big bad wolf.
I highly recommend this film to stay the stress of research papers, senior projects, finals, and simply to enjoy a childhood favorite. It has it all: love, angst, suspense, and plot shockers.
I rate the film three and a half beating ♥♥♥s.

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The Wesleyan Word is the official student newspaper of Wesleyan College. Operated and produced by students, The Word is printed twice per month during the fall and spring semesters. Online editions are released every Wednesday throughout the school year. Wesleyan College is a 4-year private residential college for women in Macon, Georgia. Established in 1836, Wesleyan College is the first college in the world to charter degrees to women.


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