Movie review: Red Riding Hood

Hot Ink Reporter Emily Taylor gives the movie “Red Riding Hood” 3 out of 5 stars.
BY EMILY TAYLOR Mount Saint Mary High School Published: May 1, 2011
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The movie Red Riding Hood puts a mysterious twist to the fairy tale many people grew up with.

The town in which Valerie, the main character, lives is plagued by a hairy problem — a werewolf. The wolf lives among them during the day as a person. When the wolf kills a young girl, the townspeople decide that they must act. The mystery is finding out who the wolf is.


I would rate this movie a 3 out of 5 stars because although it is enjoyable, it is not a classic.

There were many anachronisms that would make viewers scratch their heads. One such anachronism is that when the people of the village danced, they danced like people do in 2011.

This movie had some motifs, one of which was a daydream that Valerie had of walking with her love, Peter, on a snowy mountain and she was wearing a long, red hood. This daydream was shown too often and at points where it did not seem to belong. But it was a good artistic shot and, when it was shown at appropriate times, was a good motif.

I liked the color usage of the movie. The colors of the background objects like the buildings and the trees were dark and bold, which contrasted with the bright white snow and the main character's blonde hair, which made her stand out. The lighting was a little bit dim, but that helped set the tone for the movie.

The set and costuming were unique and helped make the movie interesting to watch. The directing and acting were decent, for the most part. Overall, I liked this movie.


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