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Scary fairytale remake lacks bite.

RED RIDING HOOD 12A If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise.

Because this take on the fairytale is more like a slightly spooky Dawson's Creek than the work of the Grimm Brothers.

The problems in this werewolf story start with the accents. All the village folk, who live on the edge of the dark forest, sound American.

Lack of conviction bites deeper because Max Irons and Shiloh Fernandez, as the young bucks vying for the heart of heroine Amanda Seyfried, sound way too modern.

And when the village celebrates after they think they've killed the werewolf, that's the cue for some ludicrous dirty dancing. Things get dafter when Gary Oldman, as warrior priest Father Solomon, rides in to slay the beast that has terrorised locals for generations.

He takes the lycanthropy business so seriously that he has a couple of sharpened silver fingernails.

There is more evidence that he's gaga because he wheels around a giant metal elephant, which he uses as a red-hot torture chamber.

Oldman is clearly in the wrong movie because, while he chews the scenery as a witch and werewolf hunter, almost everyone else in Red Riding Hood acts as though they are in a teen drama.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 17, 2011
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