First trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood”

Red Riding Hood

I was aware that Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood was going to provide a fresh approach to the classic story but I didn’t really give it much thought beyond that. It’s probably best that I didn’t because had I thought about it or read some of the descriptions floating around, I may have been disappointed by the trailer but as it stands, I’m just a little… surprised.

Set in a medieval forest, the film stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, a young woman (in a red riding hood) in love with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) an orphaned woodcutter, but her parents want her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Valerie and Peter plan to run away together but when Valerie’s sister is taken by the werewolf that stalks the woods surrounding the village, their plans are thwarted. So how does the awesome Gary Oldman fit into this picture? He’s the priest/werewolf hunter the town calls on to rid them of the beast. Other notables along for the ride include Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen and the fabulous Billy Burke (apparently Hardwicke likes Burke as much as I do).

The trailer features quite a few interesting tidbits, including more than a handful of host of Seyfried looking startled which concerns me a little but then, it’s a trailer and I generally like Seyfried so I’m happy to chalk that up to editing. The most striking aspect of this trailer are the visuals. Now, Hardwicke is recognized for her sense of aesthetic (likely stemming from her previous work as a production designer) but I’m thrilled to see that she’s paired up with award winning cinematographer Mandy Walker who also shot Baz Luhrmann’s gorgeous Australia (review) (and was glaringly overlooked for an Oscar nomination).

I have to admit I’m not expecting much from this story but my inner girl is thrilled by what she sees: supernatural overtones, period, romance. Oh yes, this has my name written all over it.

Red Riding Hood opens March 11, 2011.

Trailer is tucked under the seats but it’s also worth a look in HD over at Apple.


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Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

Kind of torn from this trailer. For one thing, it has a very Twilight vibe (which makes sense since the same director is helming it) which is kind of a turn-off. But the visuals are really exquisite and I like the Little Red Riding Hood story in general. Perhaps the moment in the trailer that gave me the most pause was when the one hunk said "I'm no good for you" or something along those lines and Amanda Seyfried retorted with "I don't care." 😛

Kurt
Guest

Jonathan is bang on here The twilight vibe completely kills this. Waste of a lot of good actors in what looks like made-for-TV stuff with hints of cinematic visuals flair. Disappointing….

Andrew James
Admin

Ok, well a couple of things. Number one, the best (and probably only good) thing about [the first] Twilight were the visuals. I liked that aspect of the movie very much. Second, this director was also the production designer of Three Kings, Vanilla Sky and Tombstone (among others) – all very handsome productions.

Thirdly, this story intrigues me as there is no visual of any kind of creature or beast. There is a roar somewhere in there but from the dialogue given here it sounds like the wolf is actually a person. Which is kind of an interesting take ("all the better to see you with my dear") – otherwise wouldn't this essentially be a redux of Brotherhood of the Wolf?

And if I wasn't clear, I think it looks (visually) pretty awesome. It's sort of a wait and see deal, but from just this, I'm definitely interested.

Matt Gamble
Guest

It looks like a David Slade movie to me. Meh.

Abd I do think the idea of Red Riding Hood as a werewolf could be an interesting twist.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I see where you are coming from on the David Slade thing. I even endured most of ECLIPSE on a plane from Europe to North America (DAMN YOU AIR TRANSAT!) and Slade has even made a Red Riding Hood movie…HARD CANDY!

Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

Okay, I would definitely watch this if Red Riding Hood was the wolf, per that article. 🙂