Well how about this – I can’t believe I’m doing another one of these. I had intended to do a bunch of these but never got around to it… oh well. Let’s have a look at an original and a remake, shall we?
William Peterson and his beard are married to the girl from BRAZIL. He’s an ex FBI guy who got all fucked up when he arrested Hannibal Lecktor so he retired. It’s weird watching this and seeing Brian Cox as Lecktor – not just because we’re all use to seeing him played by Hopkins – it’s just weird seeing Brian Cox young. He’s always looked like he’s 103 in everything I’ve seen him in. Anyway, someone’s going around killing families and biting them – he’s called the Tooth Fairy and Dennis Farina and his moustache lure Peterson out of retirement to help track the Fairy down.
I think the thing that’s going to stand out most about this movie – if you’ve never seen it and decide to – will probably be the appalling 80s music that goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON throughout this entire thing. There was so much synthesizer that I fully expected this to turn into a Peter Davison Doctor Who episode at any second. Anyway, if you can get beyond that you’ll also have to deal with some iffy, choppy editing that was just kind of weird and, of course, creepy looking Tom Noonan as the villain. And when I say creepy, just check out that scene in the van when he’s spying on whatshername the blind lady and her coworker. I can totally see Tyson stalking his prey like that.
There’s also some questionable graphics but they can be forgiven since this WAS the 80s and all (and Peterson does a lot of talking to himself) but overall this was a pretty strong psychological crime thriller that’s worth a watch if you’re into the Hannibal Lecktor thing. Oh and there’s a tiger:
RED DRAGON (2002)
Ed Norton gets stabbed by Hannibal Lecktor as he takes him down for murdering and eating people. Later, he is called out of retirement by Harvey Keitel to help him find the Tooth Fairy. This time it’s a fucking studly Ralph Fiennes, his bare ass and even his weenie going around murdering whole families. I think this is a fantastic movie that far exceeds the original, hands down. The sets are great, the acting great, the blood effects great – it just blows the other one away. I can’t believe this is directed by The Rat. (Brett Ratner). What a good movie.
What else sets this apart? Well, to start there’s a back story at the beginning, explaining HOW Graham caught Lecktor and how he was injured that was pretty awesome. Compared to the “Hey man I got hurt when I caught Lecktor” in the first one. And a cool opening credits featuring a very SE7EN-ish diary. And a wicked ass back tattoo. And a guy eating a 200 year old painting. And creepy dolls. And creepy grandmother memories about her threatening to cut off her grandson’s dong. And a much cooler ending than the first one.
Has anyone else seen both of these AND read the book? I’ve never read the book because I never learned how to read – which one is closer? The second one seems to be much more detailed and have better ideas in it. Like when he glues Seymor Hoffman to the chair and the diary and the painting and the big explosion. What else – did I mention Ralph Fiennes is a complete stud? I totally like this guy. And Ed Norton is pretty good too. Emily Watson plays the blind chick in this one.
Since we’re doing a comparison here, Red Dragon blows Manhunter away like a fart in the wind. I didn’t just fart in the wind to come up with that analogy… or did I? All respects to Manhunter but it’s extremely dated and noisy and that big money shot where Peterson goes jumping through that glass door is kind of dumb when you think about it. Why didn’t he just shoot the guy? If you remember seeing Manhunter back when it came out and think of it as a classic – I challenge you to watch these back to back like I just did and let me know what you think. Isaacs out.