‘Red Riding Hood’ grown-up elements aren’t so far from the original tale

Amanda Seyfried as Valerie ("Red")

“Red Riding Hood,” a retelling of the classic fairy tale directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried, is coming to the theater on March 11.

The Warner Bros production, which receives a PG-13 rating for violence, creature terror and sensuality, generates anticipation due to its gothic influence and darker themes. However, a closer inspection of the children’s tale reveals that the grown-up motif of this thriller doesn’t stray very far from early variations of the story. Continue reading