Originally Posted by Schlosser85
I personally think Red Dragon is kind of "meh".
The Silence of the Lambs is miles better, and I think Hannibal is better too.
That Hannibal opinion is
Obviously Silence of the Lambs is by far the best one. I think most of Hannibal's first half is very good (upto the death of the inspector) and then it kinda falls downhill and stays downhill when Lecter makes it to the US. It just relied too much on grotesqueness for my taste and seemed way too over the top and bizarre for the sake of being over the top and bizarre. I think this is mostly a problem with the source material, not the actual filmmaking.
On the contrary, it's an incredibly well made film and ASTOUNDINGLY beautiful. I can't think of many films where Italy looks THAT beautiful on screen. And the performances are killer. Especially Hopkins, Oldman and Lioatta.
Basically, I wish Ridley Scott was given a better script to work with, because he definitely has the right eye for the material - even if it is very different from Demme's approach.