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The Fairy Tale of the Tape: BEASTLY vs. RED RIDING HOOD

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2011-03-11 -

Two weeks, two movies based on fairy tales. How do they stack up in key points of comparison?

Source Material Precursors
Beastly
: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bete
Red Riding Hood
: Hoodwinked
Advantage:
Red Riding Hood (not as much baggage)

Male Eye Candy
Beastly
: Alex Pettyfer, but he’s covered up in gross-out makeup for half of the movie.
Red Riding Hood
: Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons.
Advantage:
Red Riding Hood

Female Eye Candy
Beastly
: Vanessa Hudgens, glamming down as a hipster with a heart of gold.
Red Riding Hood
: Amanda Seyfried in a bodice.
Advantage:
Red Riding Hood

Comic-Relief Guest Star
Beastly
: Neil Patrick Harris as a wise-cracking blind tutor.
Red Riding Hood
: Gary Oldman as a werewolf killer.
Advantage:
Beastly, since apparently Oldman didn’t get the memo that he should have been the comic relief.

Mysterious, Possibly Magical Female Presence
Beastly
: Mary-Kate Olsen as a Goth-chick teen witch.
Red Riding Hood
: Julie Christie as a loner grandmother.
Advantage:
Beastly, since Olsen actually over-acts less than the Oscar-winning Christie.

Supernatural Transformation
Beastly
: Blurry camera tricks, and the studly guy is suddenly a freak.
Red Riding Hood
: Big wolf appears; big wolf goes away.
Advantage:
Beastly, since a werewolf movie without a transformation sequence is just weak tea.

Director’s Sundance Pedigree
Beastly
: Daniel Barnz directed Phoebe in Wonderland
Red Riding Hood
: Catherine Hardwicke directed thirteen.
Advantage:
Beastly, since Phoebe actually indicated the presence of some skills.

Moral of the Story
Beastly
: Beauty is transitory, so it pays not to be an a-hole about it.
Red Riding Hood
: Be suspicious of everyone, stabbing people arbitrarily if necessary.
Advantage:
Red Riding Hood, because that’s just good common-sense advice.

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Posted // March 11,2011 at 14:47

I haven't seen either movie... YET... but I just don't think I can bring myself to see Red Riding hood since it's directed by the same director as Twilight Eclipse (aka Twilight Slow Talking). Additionally... I can't pronounce the lead characters real name in RRH. So Beastly it is.

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Posted // March 11,2011 at 23:08 - Seyfried = SAY - frid. Its dutch.

 

 
 
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