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Critics Pick: Red Riding Hood


 
We all know how the story goes: A red hooded cloak-wearing girl goes to visit her ill grandmother and gets more than what she bargained for in the form of a big bad wolf.

Play up the fear, give it a li’l Twilight touch and you have the perfect formula for Warner Bros. new Red Riding Hood flick, in theaters today. We caught the movie before it hit screens and are still a tad jumpy.
 


The film centers around Valerie (played by Amanda Seyfried), who just discovered she’s been forced into an arranged marriage with wealthy townsman Henry. Thing is, Valerie has her heart set on Peter, a poor woodcutter she’s fancied her whole life. The two make plans to flee their village of Daggerhorn together—that is until the werewolf who has plagued the area for decades changes everything.

It’s a blood moon and the beast is on the prowl. And after killing Valerie’s older sister, the entire village is thrown into fear not knowing where—and who—it will strike next. When everyone learns that the monster takes on human form by day, fingers start pointing and suspicion rises. Who in the village is in fact the culprit?


 
There are a few stretches in the film, directed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke (the less-than-believable special effects, the fact that it’s snowing while people are comfortably prancing around in short sleeves, just to name a few). But Red Riding Hood does its part in giving you everything you’d want in a fantasy thriller: A hunky cast, adrenaline-inducing scenes, a twist in the plotline that will make you continuously guess who the big bad wolf really is until the end.
 


This flick will make ya dizzy at times, make ya chuckle for a second at others. It will get you to jump, all while dreaming about your own love triangle with two hot dudes. A total must for you and your best gal pal, we suggest hitting theaters to see what the Red Riding Hood fear is all about.

Warning: The movie is rated PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and creature terror. It might not be suitable for younger viewers.

BY PATRICIA MCNAMARA ON 3/11/2011 7:00:00 AM

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