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?
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
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