Binge Movie Aftertaste – Hannibal Lecter Retrospective w/ Matthew Goudreau and Michael Guarnieri: Red Dragon (2002)

On January 5, 2018 by Garrett Collins

One year after the financially (but not critically) successful Hannibal took the film world by storm, producer Dino De Laurentiis saw fit to fix what he saw as a mistake. See, even though Michael Mann’s Manhunter has garnered quite a cult following -probably due to the way his 1995 film Heat was received- it was not a favorite of the auteur producer De Laurentiis. In fact, all the way up to his passing a few years ago, he had gone on record several times saying he flat out did not like it.

So what does he do? Back the Brinks Truck up to Anthony Hopkins’s house, and bring together what is quite possibly one of the biggest and most talented casts ever assembled for the 2002 redux Red Dragon. But that’s not all. There had to be a director highly capable of keeping all the onset egos in check, while moving the film along at a brisk clip, and telling a gripping story. All things that, of course, are associated with the talents of….Brett Ratner??

Join me, Michael Guarnieri, and Matthew Goudreau as we take the trip down this Ratner joint, and determine whether the man behind Money Talks and several Rush Hour movies is up to the task of following in the footsteps of Michael Mann, Jonathan Demme, and Ridley Scott.

And be sure to also tune in next week, when we will finish off the series by reviewing 2007’s Hannibal Rising, as well as rank each film. We will also have seen the entire TV series, and give our thoughts on that as well.

Red Dragon (2002) (?/10, ?/10, ?/10)




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