Red Riding Trilogy
Nobody who watches the whole of the epic but troublesome murder saga Red Riding Trilogy is going be entertaining thoughts of relocating to Yorkshire in Northern England. In fact, one wonders whether the town council may be considering a defamation lawsuit against the filmmakers, if they hadn’t already thought about lodging one against David Peace, who wrote the cult quartet of novels the film triptych is based on. Certainly, other regions have been made to look worse on film — Africa, for instance. But the Red Riding films evince a particular distaste for the region, as though its creators had a kind of personal animus toward it. The happiest moments in these darker-than-dark films come in fact when its characters are contemplating leaving “the north.” Of course, they rarely seem able to do so, alive or mentally intact…
Red Riding Trilogy opens Friday as a (roughly) six-hour roadshow edition in limited release, check it out. Read the full review at filmcritic.com.