In Red Riding: The Year Of Our Lord 1974, girls are disappearing in the Yorkshire community.
The community is afire with gossip and fear while a young reporter (Andrew Garfield) digs deeper into these heinous crimes when the police quickly point a finger at a local handicapped man.
The story becomes deeper and darker when the young reporter loses a good friend after being warned about staying away from the closed case. At an odd turn of events, the young reporter finds comfort in the arms of the woman who’s child was murdered.
With each turn, the police do everything they can to deter Edward and his investigation. If it’s not nearly making him sing soprano then the North England police force use heavier tactics that nearly take Edwards life.
While those who gain to make a profit do everything they can to get the young reporter involved in scandal and mayhem.
Andrew Garfield does a great job taking on the role of an investigative reporter in Northern England. I like the fact that I was able to connect with the character Eddie and feel what the young man was going through.
Andrew Garfield puts enough work into his character Edward so that people will connect to the role, yet there is enough brashness there to say that his character doesn’t mind sticking his nose into places it’s not suppose to be.
The villain in Red Riding was a total turn off for me. In the beginning of the film, the murderer is made out to be this awful corrupt sick man. This is a pedophile with several victims that we are learning about. Except at the end of the film when we find out who the villain is, the murders are made out to be flights of fancy.
Julian Jarrold tries to adapt the stories of David Peace’s novels about gritty police and civil corruption of Northern England in the 1970’s. Yes, there were corrupt rich men (Sean Bean), Politicians, and Police Officers. Unfortunately, the movie took on more of a feel of a dark love story than about putting a horrendous man behind bars.
If the director Julian Jarrold had made the story about investigating a crime and finding a killer then I think I would have enjoyed the film more. There was no need for all of the love scenes in the film.
If you’re looking for a great movie role from Andrew Garfield and Sean Bean then check out The Red Riding Trilogy. I did not like Red Riding 1974 at all but something about the film has caused me to want to watch the rest of the series.
If you’re really looking for a dark and gritty film about North London crime in the 1970’s then look elsewhere.