A few months ago, we took a gamble and signed up to 30 days free with Netflix. We have not looked back since. I’ve decided to start reviewing some of the content on Netflix, because whilst their content is amazing their search function is below average.
This week, I’m reviewing Hoodwinked too! Good Vs Evil (2011) which only just popped up in Netflix kids.
My (almost) four year old LOVES this movie! And I think it’s great.
This is the follow up movie from the 2005 film Hoodwinked, and my sons absolute favourite watch this weekend- we’re currently watching it for the third time.
So what’s good about it? Red- the main protagonist- is a modern take on Little Red Riding Hood. And she is kick arse! She’s amazing. And, *spoilers* she has absolutely NO love interest. I know right? A female character motivated simply by doing the right thing (and a little bit by pleasing Granny).
The over arching theme (and title of the film) is good vs evil, and my kid is just at the right age for that lesson. There are a few plot twists, and through that the audience learns that good and evil is not black and white- and it’s all taught in a very fun and somewhat comical way.
Finally, the team work really makes the film. There are a lot of lessons learnt between the main characters and the way they interact with each other. It’s nice to watch, and good for the kids- particularly the big apology scene when everyone sucks up their pride and tells each other how much they care.
And what’s bad? The cliches, oh the cliches! Look, it’s not a deal breaker but it’s pretty blank.
Also, it’s a bit violent. There are a lot of fight scenes, and they have definitely been re-enacted in this house, which is not ideal.
It’s also a little bit scary, there are some jumpy scenes. It’s not too bad, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the nervous kids out there.
Overall: It will probably be played a few more times this week, and I’m okay with this. Oliver loves it and is old enough to understand that the violent scenes are pretend. As a parent, it’s not something that I would choose for us to watch but not one I would say no to.
The plot goes something like this- as told by wikipedia:
Wolf (Patrick Warburton), Granny (Glenn Close), and Twitchy (Cory Edwards) are on a rescue mission to save Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler) from an evil witch named Verushka (Joan Cusack). The plan goes wrong however and Granny is kidnapped as well. Meanwhile, Red (Hayden Panettiere) is in training with a mysterious group called the Sisters of the Hood where she learns that a secret all powerful truffle recipe has been stolen. She teams up with Wolf and Twitchy to find the recipe and save her grandma, but she and Wolf can’t get along and the team splits up. Meanwhile, Verushka, who stole the truffle recipe, tries to force Granny into making it for her.
Granny escapes and finds Hansel and Gretel, but learns that they are actually the masterminds behind the plot. Granny is recaptured and learns that Verushka was an old classmate of hers when they were both in training with the Sisters of the Hood; Verushka was always second behind Granny’s accomplishments. Eventually Red, Wolf, and Twitchy team back together and infiltrate Hansel and Gretel’s base. Red accidentally reveals the final ingredient for the truffle recipe and the truffles are made.
Hansel and Gretel eat the truffles transforming into giants and go on a rampage through the city. Hansel and Gretel betray Verushka, whereupon Granny convinces her to join forces with her, Red, Wolf, and Twitchy. They trick Hansel and Gretel into eating more truffles which make them so obese that they can no longer move their arms and legs, before the two are arrested.