Film Review: Red Dragon

Posted on by 5WC in Film

So for one final time I sat down for a evening in the company of Hannibal Lecter. I must start by admitting that normally I wouldn’t have bothered with Red Dragon. I only have it to watch because the Hannibal Lecter Trilogy box set was better value for money than buying Silence of the Lambs on its own. One of those supermarket type specials: per unit the deal is better but actually you spend money on items you don’t really want or need. But hey, it’s was more films to watch, and as a trilogy makes arguable sense.

However, it’s a strange trilogy because it essentially goes in the wrong order. The books by Thomas Harris on which everything is based are ordered: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and yet the filmed Red Dragon not first, but rather last. And as a result, you end up with a collection of movies that feel out of place. I think the problem is that I’m not sure it was ever really intended to be a trilogy. I get the sense that the success of Silence of the Lambs and the divisive response to the release of the Hannibal novel drove the production of the second film; but as it was so poor they made the third to attempt to bring life back to the Hannibal Lecter franchise.
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