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|RED RIDING: IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1974 (director: Julian Jarrold; screenwriters: Tony Grisoni/based on the novel by David Peace; cinematographer: Rob Hardy; editor: Andrew Hulme; music: Adrian Johnston; cast: Sean Bean (John Dawson), Warren Clarke (Bill Molloy), Andrew Garfield (Eddie Dunford), David Morrissey (Maurice Jobson), Peter Mullan (Martin Laws), Robert Sheehan (B J), Sean Harris (Bob Craven), Tony Mooney (Tommy Douglas), Rebecca Hall (Paula Garland); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Andrew Eaton/Anita Overland/Wendy Brazington; IFC Films; 2009-UK)|
envisions Yorkshire as a bleak and ugly place, where
violence is just
as commonplace as Yorkshire pudding."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Julian Jarrold ("Becoming Jane"/"Kinky Boots"/"Brideshead Revisited") slickly helms this crime drama inspired by a true crime story of a serial killer in Yorkshire and a rookie journalist trying to solve the case when he finds the police uncaring and corrupt. It was shot in Super 16 millimeter, giving it a gritty look. This is the first-part of the trilogy (with three different directors, that's named after the years in which the murders take place—1974, 1980, and 1983). It was seen first in England on Channel 4 as a five-hour mini-series (seen by me in the States on the Sundance Channel), that's an adaptation of Yorkshire-born writer David Pearce’s acclaimed four novels. The trilogy was handsomely adapted by Tony Grisoni. It envisions Yorkshire as a bleak and ugly place, where violence is just as commonplace as Yorkshire pudding. It often repeats the film's mantra of "This is the north, where we do what we want."
Garfield) moves from his home in the South to the
industrial cities of
Yorkshire and is hired by the Yorkshire Post as a
crime reporter. While
covering the vicious murder/torture/rape of
10-year-old Clare Kemplay,
whose mutilated body is found at a building site, the
immediately smells something is rotten in Yorkshire.
disturbed that there's no connection made with this
murder and two
other similar murders of children committed in
Yorkshire a few years
apart in the recent past, that the corrupt and
perverse local building
Bean) has the
police and local politicians
bought off, and that the
heavy-handed police, supported by his own newspaper,
innocent retarded man for the crime and close the case
The pic could have used
subtitles for its
American audience, as the Yorkshire accents are laid
on thick. But its
major fault is that the storytelling, filled with
intricate details, is
jarred and never that clear. If you're not familiar
with the area or
the tabloid story, the film does not make it easy for
one to follow the
grizzly events. Though I didn't find it a pleasant
particularly entertaining, I could appreciate its
attitude toward corruption, its overall fine acting
from the ensemble
cast and that it was told in a hard-edged cynical way
exposing in a
muckraking way how the area's leading institutions
were as repellent as
most of the seedy characters presented.
It should be noted
title was derived because Yorkshire,
a county of England in the North, is divided into
sections or ridings. The locale of the crime is West
Riding. Also the
victim Clare was wearing a red
anorak, which covers the color part of the title.
REVIEWED ON 1/28/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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