MOVIE REVIEW: Bad acting, dialogue plague ‘Red Riding Hood’

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

The studio publicity folks behind “Red Riding Hood” say the movie is a “modern retelling” of the story people know and love.
In this case, “modern retelling” is publicity-speak for “make it look like ‘Twilight’ as much as possible.”
“Red Riding Hood” tells the story of a girl, Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), who is torn between the man she loves, Peter, (Shiloh Fernandez) and the man her parents want her to marry, Henry (Max Irons).
Oh, and there’s a werewolf terrorizing her town. But that’s getting in the way of her love triangle, because everyone in town is suspected as the wolf.
The film’s only saving grace is the awesome Gary Oldman, who stars as Solomon, a man with experience killing werewolves.
Otherwise, the film is full of horrible dialogue and acting.
The plot is predictable, to the point that, yes, Valerie goes over the river and through the woods to get to grandma’s, and yes, her grandma has big eyes and teeth.
There were way too many scenes in which the main action was the actors exchanging glances, and I blame “Twilight” for that. After all, “Riding Hood” was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight” film. What little tone “Riding Hood” has feels exactly like “Twilight.”
I’ve heard some complaints that the movie is gory, but I didn’t think it was as gory as other horror movies.
It’s definitely not a movie for kids, however.
There is a way to tell “Little Red Riding Hood” in a modern, fresh and scary way, but this version just isn’t it.
“Red Riding Hood” is rated PG-13 and is now playing at Cinemark Movies 8 in Tupelo, Oxford Studio Cinema, Corinth Cinema 10, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and the Movie Reel in New Albany.

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Scene’s Sheena Barnett gives “Red Riding Hood” a D.

Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Red Riding Hood” a D.
“I want my money back.”

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