Little Red Riding Hood (Movie 2011)
We all heard the story when we were kids;
Little Red Riding Hood was walking to her grandmother’s house, when she was stopped by a wolf. The wolf did not want to attack her in public so he found out where she was going then tells her to pick some flowers for her grandmother. He rushes to grandma’s house, gets in by pretending to be Little Red Riding Hood, and swallows the grandmother whole. He dresses in the grandmother’s clothes and waits for the little girl. He fools her long enough to swallow her whole as well. Unfortunately for him, a hunter comes and cuts him open, thus freeing, the still alive, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma. They then fill the wolf’s stomach with rocks. He wakes up and goes to get a drink, because he’s thirsty after his meal, but he falls in and drowns.
The stories origins go back further than the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the, I guess you could say, official version. In older versions, some of the grandmother’s ‘meat’ is left for Little Red Riding Hood, who is tricked into eating it and some versions even go as far as killing off Little Red Riding Hood. The tale has some origins in Norse mythology, yes that’s Thor. Is it faith or coincidence that the first post after my superhero marathon links to one of the heroes that were featured?
The live action movie version of the tale will follow one of the old variations to the story, by which I mean it will use a werewolf rather than a boring old cross-dressing wolf. Interesting thought: Is it really cross-dressing? Has it ever been stated that the wolf is male?
The film stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie aka Little (5’3 and a half) Red Riding Hood. Valerie lives in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf. She falls in love with an orphaned woodcutter, who, despite the period the film is set in, has regular access to hair gel which he uses to give himself the Edward Cullen look. It’s not surprising, seeing as the movie is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who also directed the first Twilight movie. Valerie, with the help of a hunter (Gary Oldman), attempts to fight against the creature. Twilight fans should also be on the lookout for Bella’s father who is also in the film.
The trailer sets a dark tone and the movie looks interesting. There is something special about re-interpreting old myths and stories, especially when they don’t try make them modern. The movie is set to hit cinemas on the 11th of March. What do you think? Leave a comment and vote below… or a wolf will eat you.