Monday, March 14, 2011

Quick Movie Review: Red Riding Hood (Based on the book by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright - Have You Read It?)

Red Riding HoodYesterday I had one of those rare mornings that seem to occur so infrequently these days... I went out to a movie! Yes!! I didn't wait for it to come out on DVD, or find it at Redbox... I went to the theater with a friend... and ate popcorn and pop... at 11:35 in the morning... and had a GREAT time!

Ever since my husband showed me the trailer for Red Riding Hood, I knew I had to go see it as soon as it was out. And now I've seen it, and I loved it!  Let me say that the setting/village the story takes place in was stunning.  It was rustic, but very detailed... in short, it is a place I would LOVE to visit and explore.  I loved that the majority of homes were on a lifted log foundation so they could pull up the ladders for safety when needed.  And while it was primitive by today's standards, Valerie's home (which is the one home we see more than any other) is very homey.

I thought the love triangle between Valerie, Peter and Henry was very important to the overall story, and I found myself rooting for both Peter and Henry at different times.

I loved the actors, the scenery, and the story. It was the perfect combination of romance, myth, beauty and anticipation... a great twist to a well-known fairy tale. It kept me guessing until the end, and it left me happy.  What more could you ask for? 

And to top it all off, it is a book!  Now really, I must get my hands on a copy soon!!  Have you read it???  What did you think?



Red Riding Hood  
Warner Bros.March 11, 2011 
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen

Edition Reviewed: The Movie, which just came out in theaters!


About the Movie:
From IMDB: Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast--one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures


Excerpt:


Based on the Book by Author Sarah Blakley-Cartwright:
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is twenty-two years old and is a recent cum laude graduate of Barnard College, the greatest place on earth. She is the recipient of the 2008-2009 Mary Gordon Fiction Scholarship Award and the 2009-2010 Lenore Marshall Barnard Prize for Prose. She splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. Despite what the book may say, she actually prefers wolves to people.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate

5 Comments:

Lisa said...

I havent seen the movie yet myself, I plan to this friday with my book "groupies":D
We all loved it, she does accuse a couple of people of being the wolf, but its suspenseful to the very last page(:
I recommend reading as soon as you got your hands on a copying, you wont be dissappointed:D
lisa

bermudaonion said...

It's nice to see that there's a twist that keeps you guessing!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

I have been waiting for this to come out so I'm so excited that you enjoyed it because that gives me more reason to actually get to the theater to see it as well.

A Backwards Story said...

It is a book, HOWEVER, it's a book based on the screenplay. It wasn't a book first. Plus, one of my friends read it via nook and was FURIOUS b/c the authors don't give you the final chapter. It will be available to download sometime in the future. This way, you go see the movie to find out what happens!

pagesofjulia said...

Looks great, I would love to catch the movie! It's interesting that the book is based on the screenplay; that's a new one to me. So do I even need to bother with the book? (Normally I wouldn't bother with the movie...)

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