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Red Riding Hood (2011)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Loosely based on the folk tale of the same name.
Writers/Script David Leslie Johnson
Additional Info This film made money and a book written to accompany the release debuted at No 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Director Catherine Hardwicke
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Adrian Holmes,
Elevator Pitch A medieval village in the forest is plagued by the occasional visits from a werewolf . The inhabitants tolerate it and placate it with animal offerings, but when it kills a young woman the villagers go in search of it, killing a real wolf. Meanwhile, the younger sister of the one who has been killed is due to marry the blacksmith’s son but fancies another. When a werewolf hunter arrives he tells them that the wolf in one of them, but which one? Can the wolf be none other than the young woman’s potential lover? Or maybe her grandmother who lives alone out in the woods?
Content The villagers shout a lot; the werewolf hunter shouts a lot; the young men of the village look darkly about; now and again the werewolf, which looks like nothing more than a very large dog, confronts someone; the heroine visits her grandmother and is given a red cape, which somehow leads people into thinking she is a witch; a limited amount of tension while we, and the villagers, try to work out who the lycanthrope is. No nudity, although bosoms heave a bit, and at times some erroneous celebratory drinking.
A View Give me strength! Despite my vow to watch anything, I have somehow avoided the “Twilight” stuff up to now, but this one crept up on me. I should have said that Gary Oldman (yes it’s really him) brought along an enormous brass elephant in which people were cooked to try to make them spill any beans they happened to have, without effect. It was panned by the critics and even though it made money I would not recommend it. Actually I really liked the door of the church, you can glimpse it in the trailer.

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