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 Seyfried, Lukas 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.