Red Riding is a UK mini-series which is made up of 3 film-length episodes, each helmed by different directors, with varied run times
In the Year of Our Lord (1974) 1 hour, 42 min., shot on 16mm film with an AR of 16x9
In the Year of Our Lord (1980) 1 hour, 33 min., shot on 35mm film with an AR of 2:35:1
In the Year of Our Lord (1983) 1 hour, 45 min., shot on a Red One digital camera.
So what we basically have here is a 5-hour long story that unfolds over the course of nine years, and involves killers, pedo's and corrupt Cops destroying a multitude of lives, all while painting a rather bleak picture of Northern England...
Alright. We're in.
A "Riding" is a jurisdiction/electoral district in a commonwealth. Red Riding is set in Yorkshire, England, which boasts North, West, and East ridings, and apparently has a metaphorical Red riding as well. I'm assuming this last riding is "Red" because of blood and murder and such.
1974- When a young girl goes missing, Yorkshire Post cub reporter Eddie Dunford (Spiderman) is determined to get to the truth behind the disappearance. He eventually learns of more missing girls, and when one shows up dead at a construction site run by local magnate John Dawson (Eddark Stark from Game of Thrones), he begins to suspect foul play! He also bangs the chick from Downton Abbey, and the grieving mother of one of the missing girls. As his investigation into the disappearances/murders gets deeper and deeper, he's beaten up by the Cops and goes completely off the fucking rails. Shit does not end well.
|He fancies a pint with his evil glares.|
|"Wot Mate? I'll hook you right in the gabber, I swear on me mum!"|
Shit ends kinda well.
|He's probably innocent.|
Once you've seen all three parts, and the story comes full circle, it's pretty epic. When you finally know everything and really think about what these murdered kids went through, it's downright chilling. It's effective and engrossing, and was a much-welcomed surprise for us.
Aside from its strong plot and realistic setting, there's also a wealth of acting talent on display in this series. Red Riding is filled with faces that are familiar to audiences world-wide:
|Don't dismiss Andrew Garfield as merely the guy who plays Spiderman, because dude can act. He shines in this.|
|I don't know how Paddy Consadine isn't a bigger star. He's got crazy presence.|
|Peter Mullan is one of the most intense actors on the planet. He's also criminally underrated.|
|King Robert Baratheon! Mark Addy is a great actor with a range far beyond his popular GOT character.|
|It's nice to see David Morrissey get some international love from his role on The Walking Dead. He's been a fave of ours for years.|
|Robert Sheehan is one hell of an actor. Loved him in Love/Hate.|
|Sean Bean; the best actor who dies in 90% of whatever he stars in. He's world class in our book.|
Red Riding books/movies into a feature film... and I'm here to say that there is absolutely no need for that to happen at all. The Red Riding Trilogy is more fine the way it is, and I can't imagine any remake, especially if it's just one feature-length film, doing the existing story any Justice whatsoever.
Why does every foreign property of worth have to be remade for American audiences anyway? I know that by and large, the American audience can't stand having to read subtitles, which I think is pretty sad. This is a British production, in which they speak English, so what's the problem with just distributing it to American audiences, and letting us enjoy it in all its splendor, instead of remaking it?
There should be a 20-year rule for remakes. Period.
|The Krays are still alive?!?|
"This is the North. We do what we want."
"They’ve got sunshine down South and a warm summer breeze. We should just go there right now and never come back."
|Look out! That swan is coming right for you!|
The Blu-ray version is available on Amazon right now for $11.79, which is an insanely good price for a great piece of entertainment. Click the poster up above and order yourself one right now, you'll be glad you did.
Red Riding definitely delivered some 70's hotness for our viewing pleasure, in the form of Rebecca Hall and Michelle Dockery.