Red Riding Hood is a new and darker take on the fairytale, The Little Red Riding Hood. The main difference is the protagonist is not so little and the big bad wolf is a werewolf. Amanda Seyfried stars as Valerie, the titular character, who’s in love with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) the woodcutter but made to marry Henry (Max Irons) the blacksmith. Just as she’s about to elope with Peter, her sister gets killed by the werewolf and the entire town goes into a frenzy. The arrival of Father Solomon brings about unease when he mentions that the wolf can takes a human form by day, and it could be anyone in the village and Valerie is the key.
One thing was on my mind the entire time: WHO’S THE WOLF? At first, you might think it’s either one of the two leads – Fernandez and Irons, then suddenly, there are more candidates popping up. It’s as if the entire village is made up of werewolves. But I’d say I didn’t the identity of the wolf was unexpected. I say, when in doubt, go back to the original story – it’s just Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother and the Woodcutter.
And there’s been talks that this is like the Twilight version of Red Riding Hood and that might be true in some ways especially since Catherine Hardwicke directed this and Shiloh Fernandez almost became Edward Cullen. Well, let me just say I’m glad Robert Pattinson got the role.
Oh, I saw this really cute interview of Max Irons on Jimmy Kimmel Live, especially when he talked about his boarding school experience. OMG, the British accent!