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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