Movie Diary 12/5/2018

Hold the Dark (Jeremy Saulnier, 2018). I loved Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room, which were both extremely clear about their narrative pulses. This one’s a little more complicated, and the complications create a whole mess of problems. Jeffrey Wright plays some kind of grizzled wolf expert who travels to Alaska after hearing that a woman (Riley Keough) has lost her child to wolves. Also in the mix are Alexander Skarsgard and James Badge Dale. The mountains and the animals are impressive.