Red Riding Hood
, a reimagining of that classic tale Little Red Riding Hood
, is right smack in the middle of the recent onslaught of live-action fairy tale-derived films featuring star-crossed teenage lovers thrust unceremoniously into the extremes of adult situations. Director Catherine Hardwicke, fresh off of Twilight
, does what she seems to do best, which is to focus on the emotional ups and downs of said teenagers while painting a lush backdrop for them the play in; unfortunately, the context here is hokier than in any of the director’s previous work. Perhaps the problem lies with screenwriter David Leslie Johnson, who, in this version of the ...