This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer talks about an older movie release, Red Riding Hood, that was released in 2011.

*Side note: if you enjoyed the movie, or if you enjoy fairy tale and folk tale retellings, check out Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.* 

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Chaturya G., Teen Reviewer

Name of Movie: Red Riding Hood

Release Date: March 11, 2011

Rating: PG-13

My Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: Fantasy/Thriller

The setting in this film takes place in a fantasy medieval village setting. The main character of the film is a girl named Valerie. She’s in love with a man named Peter, but her parents want her to marry someone else; Henry. Their village is haunted by a werewolf, who originally stopped killing humans years ago. However, Valerie’s sister is killed by this werewolf who has now become a threat once more. The village calls upon someone named Father Solomon to get rid of this werewolf. The rest of the film is about the village trying to get rid of the wolf, and Valerie’s conflicts regarding her love life and the werewolf, who she is able to communicate with and fears is actually someone very close to her.

I thought this was a pretty engaging movie, but I felt like something was lacking throughout. This was redeemed through pretty much the last ten minutes of the movie when a twist is revealed and it really gets intense. I liked the mystery and romance aspects of the film, but I wish that the “werewolf” (and its human character) had more screen time because I felt as if the character wasn’t developed well enough when it’s finally revealed who it is. Overall, it was a pretty good film and the soundtrack was great.