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Grandmother, What A Big Disappointment You Have!,
This review is from: Red Riding Hood [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
RED RIDING HOOD is a re-imagining of the classic fairytale. The problem is that they've turned it into a soft-core teen romance, and since I haven't been a teen for 2 or 3 decades, I found the love scenes disturbing. Can you say, "Peeping Tom?" I knew that you could!
So be aware that RED RIDING HOOD is a period teen romance with supernatural creatures, none of whom sparkle. Beyond that, it's mildly entertaining with okay performances by Gary Oldman and Julie Christie. They're only okay, which is a shame, but the movie isn't about them. Neither is it about Lukas Haas (didn't he die of an overdose of Pop-Rocks in Vietnam?) who has an odd part to play. All of the acting is serviceable but there's nothing exciting about it. Again, it's all about the teens and even though they're pretty, they're nothing to write home about.
Oh, I forgot to mention the plot of RED RIDING HOOD. Here goes: A teeny-weenie medieval village is terrorized by a werewolf. Gary Oldman is a sort of Grand Inquisitor cum Van Helsing who arrives to save the day. Madcap mayhem (and teen love) ensue.
I gave RED RIDING HOOD a 3 because I recognize that I am not the target demographic. If you're a veteran of more than 25 summers, you might want to steer clear of this one. Peeping Toms, on the other hand...
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Initial post: May 31, 2011 7:21:58 AM PDT
Tamela Mccann says:
EEk! One to stay away from.
Posted on May 31, 2011 9:18:40 AM PDT
Linda Pagliuco says:
Yikes! Since I'm now 26 : ), I'll skip this turkey! Thanks, Karen.
Posted on May 31, 2011 9:49:05 AM PDT
Gayla M. Collins says:
" I knew that you could!" I laughed so hard at this homage to Mr. Rogers.
I will take a pass on the movie.
Well balanced review, Karen and your humor was so fun!!!
Posted on May 31, 2011 11:39:10 AM PDT
Steven Peterson says:
Whew. I have no interest in watching this and you have convinced me even more to stick with that resolution. Good review.
Posted on May 31, 2011 3:43:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2011 3:43:37 PM PDT
michael a. draper says:
Enjoyed the review. Thanks for posting it.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2011 3:30:45 PM PDT
Tammy, Galya, Steven, Linda, Mike -
I really wanted more of the sci-fi/fantasy element and less teenagers in love. Too bad. I liked the premise, the execution was just off.
Posted on Jun 20, 2011 1:13:09 AM PDT
bryan catmull says:
Gee Wizz all these people thanking you for putting them off forming their own opinion,
just shows how easily led they are, if these people had any mental strength at all
they would view the movie and come to a conclusion, you either liked it or you did not, by the way if you suggested they had better not use a certain brand of toilet paper, would they also comply?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 6:02:26 AM PDT
Hmm, Bryan, some folks like my review, others don't. I like some reviews, others I don't. Isn't that kinda the point?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 3:33:26 PM PDT
bryan catmull says:
Karen you are entitled to your opinion, its the people who have not seen the movie whatever it is, taking ONLY your word instead of canvassing a wider review group. as I do myself which includes METACRITIC,. I would expect
people to take into account my opinion on anything but balance it with
other views, the people mentioned are what I call sheeple, if you told them
the earth was flat, they would believe,
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 7:49:24 PM PDT
I must respectfully disagree. Some of these people are friends who share similar likes and dislikes, and they trust my opinion, as I trust theirs. However, not one of them would choose not to see this film soley on my say so. I know that I am only a small part of their input, and they consider other factors as well. If they really want to see something, they will, regardless of what I say.