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Red Riding Hood (2011)

(PG-13) 99 mins

Synopsis: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Writer: David Johnson

Stars: Amanda SeyfriedLukas Haas and Gary Oldman

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  Forget about the well-known folk story…at most, this movie merely offers scattered homages to it.  That would be just fine, except that the film’s actual story is pretty boring and slooooooow.  There is a scary werewolf (thankfully, the filmmakers didn’t try to overdo it; it doesn’t look ridiculous), and Oldman as a power-drunk, self-righteous, pompous hate-monger (which I would usually enjoy, but his awesomeness is limited by a weak script).  However, this movie is basically about a teenage girl torn between two boys.  The whodunit aspect takes a backseat…but by the end of the movie, you really don’t care who the wolf is anyway…unless you’re a teenage girl…then maybe you love this film.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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