The classic story of Little Red Riding Hood has taken on many forms and tones over the years, from the finger-wagging moralism of Charles Perrault to the feminist reinterpretation by Angela Carter in her short story "The Company of Wolves." Catherine Hardwicke's 'Red Riding Hood' is the latest film to feature our fresh-faced heroine and her basket full of goodies. Unlike the screen adaptation of Carter's story by Neil Jordan and even more radical takes on the tale like 'Freeway,' 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders' and 'Hard Candy,' 'Red Riding Hood' stays firmly in the tween fantasy camp where high Ren Faire drama is the order of the day.
In this iteration of the tale, our cape-wearing heroine is Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), whose village of Daggerthorn is terrorized by a werewolf every full moon. When the beast takes Valerie's older sister as a midnight snack, the villagers call on the notorious werewolf-killer Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to root out the beast. However, along with his torture devices and heavily armed soldiers, Solomon brings a growing sense of paranoia and fear to the village as he explains to them that the werewolf is probably walking among them as a normal human when it isn't that time of the month.