The first thing I noticed was the Twilightesque feel of the opening and in the landscape. By this I mean the sweeping camera shots filmed high above a forest landscape and misty mountains. There was even a scene of "Red"( named Valerie in the film), with one of two love interests, laying in a meadow-like environment. I quite liked the scenery. I thought it was very pretty, and mystical; it was the ideal fairytale look.
|Red kissing Henry. He's cuter than this picture indicates...lol...|
I think the intent of the movie was to appeal to Twilight fans and girls that are looking for the next angsty love story, but here's the problem: It didn't really explore the relationship between Red and the two boys. Their connection felt rushed and superficial. There was potential, but it was never delved into. The story became focused on discovering the identity of the wolf (werewolf) and that was fine, but it would have had more meaning if it connected with Red and the boys with greater depth. I kind of had to invent more meaning in my own mind as I watched, because the love triangle was somewhat neglected on screen. This was especially the case with Henry, the wealthy boy Red was engaged to. They hardly had any intimate (or otherwise) interaction together.
There was a village celebration and Red and her old buddy Henry were at odds: he's dancing with some other girl and Red, in anger grabs her BFF and starts dancing with her, but it was kind of a sensuous, girl-on-girl action. I didn't get it. Maybe it was a nod to the gay populace, but it felt gratuitous, weird and out of place in this kind of a story. It just didn't feel organic or real to the story at hand. In the time period of the story, no one would have been openly gay.
Now, this being said, I still enjoyed the movie and there were some heart-stopping moments as the wolf did it's thing, wrecking havoc and making it clear he wants Red. Bad. It will have you wracking your brain to figure out who the wolf is.
It was an enjoyable movie, but I wished it could have plumbed the depths more and went deeper into exploring the romance triad. That could have made it closer to awesome. So, nope. The next Twilight is not to be found here...too bad....