Amateurish and uninteresting. Rainy in Glenageary is a true-crime documentary exploring the unsolved murder of Raonaid “Rainy” Murray in 1999 Dublin. Reconstructing the early life and final moments of Rainy, director Graham Jones seeks to give us context to better understand the tragedy of this cold case. But in the end, all that is achieved is another entry in a long line of true crime documentaries and podcasts.
Now, right off the bat, I am not trying to minimize the tragedy of Rainy Murray’s death. It was a horrible incident, I feel deep sympathy for her family, and I hope someday they find the killer. That being said, this documentary sheds no new light on the situation and serves only to spread rumors and conjecture.
“Reconstructing the early life and final moments of Rainy, director Graham Jones seeks to give us context to better understand the tragedy of this cold case…”
The first thing I noticed is that, for some reason, Graham Jones put ever image through a filter to make it look hand-drawn. Why? I don’t know. The overall effect is to make everyone involved with the case look dumpy and slightly melted. Adding to the amateurish feel of Rainy in Glenageary, you have the endless slow panning and crossfades that just look as if it was edited by a teenager on their laptop. The visuals are so poorly done and unnecessary to the narrative that one wonders why Mr. Jones didn’t just release a podcast.
Now I get that you want to build context in this sort of documentary. You want to build empathy in the audience for the victim. You want them to understand the tragedy faced by the victim’s family. However, there is so much time spent on Rainy’s history and what a fantastic person she was, and how persecuted her group of friends was by the community, that you start to suspect Mr. Jones might have known the victim and had a bit of crush.