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posted on 10-10-2002 at 04:52 AM Edit Post
Red Dragon

Worlds and worlds superior to Hannibal, in case anyone was going to snub Red Dragon because of that crapfest. It wasn't quite as good as Silence of the Lambs, although I may feel that way out of sentimental reasons. Edward Norton is quickly becoming the Ric Flair of Hollywood (in other words, he's THE MAN), Anthony Hopkins is always fun, and Ralph Fiennes held his own. Good movie

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posted on 10-10-2002 at 07:33 PM Edit Post

Edward Norton is definitely becoming one of the best around - and what's most stunning is that he's amazingly believable in all of the roles he plays - and those roles are incredibly diverse.

But to me, the Red Dragon movie was MADE by the title character - The Red Dragon himself. Ralph Fiennes gave an incredible performance as the deranged "Tooth Fairy", and I thought that was one of the best aspects of the film.

And... of course... we have no choice but to compare to Silence of the Lambs... I'm wary to say that either is better, but I do believe if Red Dragon had been released as the first movie... then maybe IT would be remembered as the greatest of the trilogy, and not Silence... but nonetheless, those are two very, very, worthwhile movies.

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posted on 10-14-2002 at 06:03 PM Edit Post
I wouldn't go so far as to say Red Dragon was on the same level of Silence of the Lambs myself. The first one was superior in how they presented Hannibal Lecter. At the beginning there was a mystery that surrounded Lecter, people calling him a monster, the nickname. The security precautions: soft paper, felt tipped pins, and all objects sealed to the floor. When we finally saw him he wasn't a wild-eyed lunatic but instead calmly stood there with a grin. To me that was one of the things that made SOTL so great.

You'll also notice that you can see the above techniques used in Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects.

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