“RED RIDING: IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1974.” is a movie that is on my list for a long time. I like thrillers and suspense, and I like British cinematography. Those two are integral part of “Red Riding: Part 1”. Cast of the film is wonderful, especially Rebeca Hall (ladies first), and two male characters (Sean Bean and Andrew Garfield) are also good in their respective roles. The movie itself borrowed a lot from film-noir and the atmosphere of the movie is dark, suffocating and somewhat claustrophobic.
Missing or dead children are the topic on which no one’s indifferent, so our protagonist Eddie (Garfield) is determined to find out what’s hidden below the surface. As he’s a rookie reporter, nobody takes him seriously, and while as a viewer you may think that his colleagues are underestimating him, situation may be something else entirely. Garfield is playing the character without compromise, and I’m pleased to say that I never saw our new flying spider to act as he did in this film.
Rebecca Hall as Paula, one of the mothers whose children are missing, is great and her performance as unstable character who is devastated with the situation and it’s coping with it the only way she knows is great. Garfield and Hall are really good combination in this movie, and I’m looking forward to see more movies with miss Hall since she did so good in here. Her acting and effect she had on the storyline is by far the most important in the movie.
Sean Bean, actor of on the internet jokes, here plays wealthy and powerful character whose role in the story is also of great importance. I don’t see him as a thriller material, especially not in the role he has in this movie. Sean Bean is more then fantasy actor and his good performances are not limited on “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings”, but here he’s the weakest link.
“RED RIDING: Part 1” had a lot of potential, and I’m very sorry to say that it hasn’t fulfilled all the possibilities. Pity. But the film is still for recommendation to genre lovers, and the people who want to see with their own eyes that Andrew Garfield actually can act. And not only that he can act, he can do it convincingly.
As for me, I will see and the other two parts of the trilogy, ’cause I*m interested in the bigger picture and I’m genre lover.