I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
The movie really just wants to entertain people.
One of the all time classics. A brilliant edge of your seat thriller. Cannot fault it really. To date we have watched it 7 times and we will certainly be watching it again in the future. A must for every bodies movie collection.
The Hateful Citizen
The remake of "Manhunter" by Michael Mann of 1986 is successful, it's the same story but just for the intro, which shows the circumstances of the arrest of Lecter, it deserves to be seen. The film remains relatively the same, with a few sentences that are exactly the same but also some novelties. This film is a success, it is more poignant and made much less old than the first, it deserves a 7, just for the intro and the last scene, I think I did not appreciate the movie so much because I saw Manhunter the day before I saw Red Dragon, so I knew the script perfectly and I was not surprised. But it's still a convincing remake!
Red Dragon is the prequel to the 1991 classic, The Silence Of The Lambs. Red Dragon is about an FBI agent named Will Graham (Edward Norton) who is investigating a murder pulled off by a notorious killer known as The Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes), and seeks advice from his old friend and imprisoned cannibal, Doctor Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Ralph Fiennes totally steals the show with his performance of The Tooth Fairy, a killer who suffered psychological damage as a child from years of abuse from his mother, who is voiced by Ellen Burstyn. He is pure evil, but was transformed into a monster from the abuse he suffered, not born one. Without question, Ralph Fiennes delivers the strongest performance in the whole film. While the film has an an amazing all star cast and great acting, Red Dragon just doesn't deliver the dark, eerie, ominous vibe that The Silence Of The Lambs did, and the story just didn't really pull me in at all. Also, I didn't like the ending at all, to me it felt forced, and was extremely cheesy. The Silence Of The Lambs is one of my favorite crime thrillers of all time, so I had high expectations for this film, yet was left feeling a bit disappointed. Red Dragon is a very well acted film, yet doesn't even come close to The Silence Of The Lambs in terms of creepiness, and the story just isn't all that interesting. I am recommending it for the amazing performances, but I feel the story could have been much better. 6.5/10.
Brett Ratner's Red Dragon, although pretty darn stylish, is just cursed with being the least engaging and unique Hannibal Lecter film out there. It's not that it's a bad flick, but when you have Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal and the far superior Manhunter to compete with, you're trucking down a rocky road. The strongest element this film has going for it is Ralph Fiennes, who plays the hell out of the role of Francis Dolarhyde, the disturbed serial killer also known as the Tooth Fairy. Previously played by an introverted and terrifying Tom Noonan, Fiennes gives him a more rabid, haunted vibe and steals the show, but then he always does. Edward Norton is a bit underwhelming as FBI behavioural specialist Will Graham, sandwiched between William L. Peterson and Hugh Dancy's modern day, definitive take on the character. Graham has the tact and luck to ensnare notorious cannibalistic murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins purrs his way through a hat trick in the role), whose help he subsequently needs in pursuing Dolarhyde. Harvey Keitel clocks in as rock jawed Jack Crawford, Graham's boss and mentor, solidly filling in for far mor memorable turns from Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Farina and Scott Glenn. All the scenes with Dolarhyde fare best, given some truly impressive rural cinematography that sets the mood for the killer's twisted mindset nicely. The cerebral jousting between Graham and Lecter only half works here, dulled in comparison to the crackling exchanges that Jodie Foster masterfully handled with Hopkins, who was far, far scarier back then. Emily Watson lends her doe eyed presence to the blind girl that brings out the only traces of humanity still left in Dolarhyde, Philip Seymour Hoffman shows up as bottom feeding tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds, and Mary Louise Parker, grounded as always, plays Graham's wife. You could do worse in terms of films like this, but in the Lecter franchise it falls pretty far short of any of the other entries, save for the few inspired moments involving Fiennes