This week, Zack Snyder sucker punches moviegoers, Nicolas Cage gets medieval on our asses and a certain batch of Hobbits get a high-def makeover.
Red Riding Hood was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who was fired from the Twilight franchise after she helmed the first movie, and written by David Johnson, whose only other screenwriting credit is for Orphan, the endlessly mocked twist-ending movie about something being wrong with Esther from a couple years ago. Considering that kind of pedigree at the wheel, I think you have an idea of how this is going to go.
Now that everyone who saw and enjoyed A Cinderella Story and Sydney White has graduated from high school and moved on to the next stage of their movie viewing habits, it's time for Hollywood to start churning out a new generation of updated fairy tale movies for a fresh crop of kids who haven't seen enough to know any better. Would it be nice if they made something more original or even slightly more sophisticated than Beastly is? Of course, but why put in all that effort? Judging from the success of The Twilight Saga, it's not like the target audience who wants this would care much either way.