Well I went to see Little Red Riding Hood at the weekend and I have to say I was.......disappointed. Being a big twilight fan I was really looking forward to the supernatural twist on the classic fairytale.
The story is set in the village of Daggerhorn which has been plagued by a werewolf for generations. Despite nightly animal sacrifices which have pacified the wolf for over 20 years, it suddenly takes a human life. In an attempt to finally rid themselves of the wolf and protect anyone else from slaughter they invite Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), a revered werewolf hunter, to slay the beast. Father Solomon deduces the wolf is one of the villagers and sets forth to draw them out and kill them.
In the midst of this drama Valarie (Amanda Seyfried) our red riding hood of the piece, is struggling between her secret love for childhood friend Peter (Shiloh Fernande) and her duty to the man her family has betrothed her to, Henry (Max Irons). Does she follow her heart and choose the poor woodcutter or respect her family’s choice and marry the more prosperous ironmonger? Or will the werewolf make either choice impossible?
The costumes and sets are lovely but the whole film came across as very staged to me. The village looked like a set and the acting felt forced and wooden at times. I also really struggled to understand how a big metal elephant fitted into the medieval setting (yes you read that right). The story is very loosely based on the Red Riding Hood fairytale and the classic reference made to the original story seemed slipped into the film just to have it there. It wasn’t a terrible film but it definitely didn't meet my expectations.
The best bit for me was Shiloh and Max, which one is better looking.... you decideJ