Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 ★★★★½

Little girl goes missing, the pack salivates. If it bleeds it leads, right?
-Eddie Dunford

Andrew Garfield surprised the hell out of me in this. I had only seen him in The Social Network and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, both of which don't come close to displaying his acting skills like he did in this.

The movie is incredibly well shot and directed by Julian Jarrold. The tone of the film is perfectly captured from the beginning and doesn't let up till the end. It's a miracle that it didn't send me into a depression as it's very bleak.

The movie is sold as a serial killer movie, but the murders are almost just used as a backdrop for the corruption and evil that goes on in Yorkshire. It could be described as a film noir as we follow Eddie Dunford the reporter that thinks he knows everything, but is in far over his head in things he doesn't even understand yet.

When it comes down to it I think it's the directing that really put this movie over for me as I think this story and script might have been less impressive in someone else's hands.

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