Sunday, September 5, 2010
Director: Julian Jerrold
Writer: David Peace (novel) Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Hennessey, Previously-Viewed Legume
a young journalist going through several deaths around him investigates the disappearance of a couple of little girls throughout the years. gets sucked into some major smallish town conspiracy and corruption. things. this is the first in a trilogy of movies about the different years of the yorkshire ripper case.
This was engaging on every level. From the first frame, this picture feels like (what one has been led to believe is) Yorkshire in the 1970s. The foundation of this atmosphere is art direction. Plenty of low lighting and earthy colors drop us right in the thick of it. Merging costuming, hair, settings, and sundries this film parallels the likes of Mad Men and Lord of the Rings in its trueness to setting and character alike. Building upon this foundation, direction and camera work are generally very good. Full of artful yet unobtrusive shots and direction which (if nothing else) matches the line reads and the personalities built by the actors.
And the actors all do a great job with their personalities. Garfield really sells it as the young idealogue, and his girlfriend (who I'm unable to find on IMDB) also comes off really well. Sean Bean is in one of the roles for which it seems his face was made, full of sneering and arrogance; and the other cops come off as appropriately apathetic or genuinely concerned even as they're abetting (or being subjected to) some pretty shitty things.
I could have done without the last 30 seconds or so, but that's a MOster-level quibble. This gets a strong recommendation.
done well. direction, and acting, and all that. i originally thought this was supposed to be about the case of the yorkshire ripper, but that is actually kind of the subplot. the main focus is on this young journalist and his life at that time. i think that is a very clever way of doing it. it's a shame i liked it because i don't have too much to say when that happens, but c'est la vie. good job guy. i am interested to see where this takes us.