Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

Red Riding Hood

Amanda Seyfried's big eyes are mesmerizing. Her blond hair falls in pretty waves. She looks wonderful in red. Those are the only good things to be said about this grotesque version of the classic fairy tale, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. In keeping with Hardwicke's Twilight past (she helmed the first film), Red is ripe with twisted messages about sexuality and beckoning werewolves, but, hard though it may be to believe, it's much, much sillier than Twilight. Seeing what Hollywood did to this fairy tale is a reminder to not get too excited about the prospects of next year's Snow White & the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror. On the other hand, the movie is proof that Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as a witch-hunting priest in Red Riding Hood and stars as the perfectly reserved George Smiley in December's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, can rebound from anything.