Each week FILMCLUB will be bringing you reviews of the latest and classic DVD releases that feature on the charity’s 4,000 strong catalogue.
And so you know exactly whether you’ll like it or not, the reviews come from kids just like you!
Below you can read the review of new DVD release Red Riding Hood by FILMCLUB member Rebecca McAuley aged 14 from The Boswells School in Essex.
Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez star alongside Amanda Seyfried in Catherine Hardwicke’s new psychological thriller based on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale.
It is set in medieval times, made that little bit scarier by the fact there’s a werewolf haunting the village also posing as one of the villagers themselves, but who is it?
Catherine Hardwicke, best known as the director of the first Twilight film, has really brought this fairytale to life but with an excellent modern twist, which makes it all the more appealing to the teenage audience.
This film has been labelled as a copy of Twilight, which I definitely don’t think is the case. There are some similarities, for example there’s a werewolf involved and a tricky love triangle, but on the other hand there are definitely more differences. For example, Red Riding Hood is a lot more believable, mainly because of the time period its set in, but also because the storyline is a lot more mature which will draw in a wider audience.
Valerie, played by Amanda Seyfried, is strong, intelligent woman with a loving family and great friends, but all of a sudden she is forced to think about whether these people are really who they say they are. She has to make some sacrifices in order to maintain the safety of her family and friends, but how can she be sure she is doing the right thing?
One of the main ways this film draws you in is by keeping you guessing the whole way through – who is the werewolf? You are led to suspect almost everyone, which can be frustrating as well as interesting!
Father Solomon, played by Gary Oldman, takes the village by storm with his strong beliefs and unforgiving nature, creating a character that we just can’t figure out!
Overall this film is a definite must-see for teenagers and perhaps young adults who enjoy a good suspense thriller, however I don’t think it’ll appeal to male audiences, especially those 15+!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Red Riding Hood (12) is out on DVD now. Click here to buy your copy
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