Red Riding Hood

by mr sparkle on March 11, 2011

in Film,Media Rack

Catherine Hardwicke directed the first Twilight movie, but I tried not to hold that against her. Her first feature, Thirteen, was widely praised as an unflinching, non-Hollywood look at adolesence. Her follow-up, Lords of Dogtown, wasn’t as well liked by the critics; but with actors like Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger playing the first generation of professional skaters, it only better illustrated Hardwicke’s complicated but relatable understanding of teenagers. By the time Twilight rolled around, I hopefully shrugged it off as a misstep. But with her new film Red Riding Hood, Hardwicke is either phoning it in for a huge payday after her big hit, or starting to establish serious doubt that her first films were flukes of good luck.

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