Red Dragon (2002)

Today’s movie is the first of the Hannibal trilogy: Red Dragon. Rating: 6/10

Red Dragon is the last released movie of the Hannibal series, but the first in chronological order, followed by The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (2001). Like the other 2 is a psychological horror film, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris.

In Red Dragon we meet Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for the first time, and in the very first part he is still a free man, still cooperating with the FBI and with Will Graham (Edward Norton) in particular, who is the one to realize Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper. Years later, Will will still seek Dr Lecter’s help to solve a new serial killer case: the Red Dragon, portrayed by a brilliant Ralph Fiennes (please do not call him the ‘tooth fairy’!)

If you like the Hannibal series, this one is how far back we could have gone, up until 2013 when the Hannibal TV series started, going even further back to when Hannibal and Will met for the first time. Mads Mikkelsen plays an insanely good Hannibal Lecter, which will totally absorb you in the crazy, absurd plot.

I wouldn’t say this is the best of the three, but it’s still a pretty good movie, especially if you tend to be quite charmed by Hannibal’s character.

Red Dragon: directed by Brett Ratner; music by Danny Elfman; cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman.