Red Riding Escapees

“All the buzz you heard about Red Riding is right and dead-on,” a Telluride Film Festival correspondent informs, having seen the British-produced trilogy yesterday. “It’s a very harsh work and the audience kept diminishing with each chapter,” he reports. “By the last one, half of the original crowd was gone. Each film stands on it’s own but seeing them all together is a richer thing.”

Another tipster, i.e., “buckzollo,” writes that the first Red Riding feature — Julian Jarrold‘s 1974 — “was the best but it really was worth digesting all three. The kid in 1974 has some serious Mark Ruffallo going on, and so much of the cast was bad-ass.”

Otherwise, “buckzollo” “really liked An Education,” which screened yesterday afternoon with director Lone Scherfig and star Carey Mulligan introducing it.”

  • http://www.incontention.com Kristopher Tapley

    They’re actually quite derivative and contrived. I left after the second film to make room for another film. I’ll see the third some time later this weekend, but it’s borderline TV procedural drama.

  • liz

    Believe the hype. Its absolutely brilliant and Andrew Garfield is amazing in it. Those in uk and NI can watch it online from channel 4 official site:

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/red-riding/

  • Noiresque

    Andrew Garfield is a fantastic actor and one of the best young UK-based actors of his generation – far better than the hyped James McAvoy.

  • Conan Riquelme

    It is literally a tv procedural drama, no borderline about it at all.
    But each of the three episodes is well made, atmospheric and full of great acting. Which puts them ahead of much modern cinema, no?

  • http://www.incontention.com Kristopher Tapley

    Conan: Sure, but let’s leave it there and be done. David Thomson is calling it better than The Godfather and one of the 10 best films ever, for Christ’s sake.

  • liz

    Noiresque: eh, i wouldnt go that far. Having witnessed transition from tv to film, he has dmeosntrated incredible range these past 5-6 years and as great as Garfield’s career has been so far, he’s nowhere near the bar that McAvoy has set.