'Red Riding Hood' is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight Part 1). It stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, aka Red Riding Hood.
Once upon a long time ago in a desolate mountain village somewhere in England, lives Valerie, a beautiful girl with big red lips and a peaches and cream complexion. Valerie spends her days roaming around the majestic snow covered forests surrounding the place she calls home. She isn't looking for her Prince Charming however... She's already found him. His name is Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) and he's a hot sexy village hunk who enjoys chopping wood and looking mysterious.
This is a problem because Valerie's mom, (Virgina Madsen) and her dad (Billy Burke) have arranged for Valerie to marry another hot village hunk (Max Irons) He's the local blacksmith and his family has mega bucks. Well not Donald Trump mega bucks but to quote Valerie's mom 'He'll be a good provider' What's a girl to do?
Run away with her one true love or obey her family's wishes? Well before Valerie can make up her mind, a horrible event befalls this peaceful village. For decades the local werewolf and the villagers have maintained a truce. Once a month, on the full moon, the locals provide cute little animals for Mr. Wolf to feast on and he in turn, doesn't eat the people. But something has changed...Woofy has decided to make a meal of Valerie's sister, Lucy. Not good. Not good at all.
News of this, brings a very smarmy army clergyman, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to the village along with his pack of killer soldiers and a torture machine that resembles an elephant. Things quickly go from bad to worse.
Valerie's grandmom, (Julie Christie) a village outsider who enjoys baking, knits her a long red cloak. We all know only bad girls wear red. Then Mr. Wolf has a chat with Valerie (He wants her to come away with him...You can't blame him... She is gorgeous) but because no one else can hear this fuzzy little beast speak, Miss Hood is accused of witch craft. It's all downhill from there.
This film is definitely for the 'Twilight' crowd. I guess I must be part of that crowd since I really liked this film. 'Red Riding Hood' is beautifully shot, lots of fun and has some really cool twists at the end. Of course the other half of the 'Two Jews On Film' didn't share my opinion, but what else is new? 'Red Riding Hood' opens in theaters Friday March 11, 2011.