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Old 03-11-04, 12:29 AM
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Hannibal vs Red Dragon...which is better?

Please don't include SotL or Manhunter we all know those are superior films. I just want to know what you think is better between Red Dragon and Hannibal?
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Well, since I thought Hannibal was a steaming piece of crap, I would have to say Red Dragon. At least it had Ed Norton.
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Red Dragon was far more entertaining.
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Red Dragon all the way for me.
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It depends on what you're looking for. Red Dragon had better character development (the Tooth Fairy especially), and good performances all around, but very little Lecter. Hannibal was about, well, Hannibal. I find it enjoyable, but it's flawed.

If you simply asked which movie did I think was better made, I would say Red Dragon. However, if I want a Lecter fix, I'll go with Hannibal (actually, I'll go with Silence of the Lambs, but presuming that wasn't enough to quench my thirst for cannibalism, then I'll move on to Hannibal).
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Red Dragon by far...it had the look and feel of "Silence of the Lambs", even though the story wasn't as strong.
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I skipped Red Dragon because of bad word of mouth and my dislike of Hannibal, should I reconsider it? Or is it just better by comparison.
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Hannibal is a master piece!!!

The world is blind...
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I own both, but I find Hannibal to be superior in direction, score, and performances. I also love the subplot involving Giancarlo Giannini's character.
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I realize I'm way in the minority, but I thought Hannibal was excellent. It's a shame that I don't feel more strongly about Red Dragon, which is my favorite of Thomas Harris' books. The acting is excellent all around, but Ratner is such a slick and uninvolving director that it left me a little cold. Frankly, I've always felt the same way about Manhunter.
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Red Dragon is more "entertaining" but Hannibal has more style, especially the European city scenes.

So, it's a toss up I'd say.
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Hanibal, very underrated
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Oh, RED DRAGON by far!

Edward Norton is my favorite part of it, and it's a better "continuation" of the Hannibal character than HANNIBAL.

Plus, it's not as over-the-top violent as HANNIBAL.
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Re: Hannibal vs Red Dragon...which is better?

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Please don't include SotL or Manhunter we all know those are superior films. I just want to know what you think is better between Red Dragon and Hannibal?
Red Dragon over Hannibal though I like both a good bit.

I disagree that Manhunter is superior though, I personally hated it. Just total 80's cheese. Felt like a made for TV movie that would have aired after Miami Vice.
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I haven't even seen Red Dragon, but it gets my vote anyway. There is no way that it could be worse than the absolutely wretched movie-going experience that was Hannibal.
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Originally posted by Supreme Sean
I own both, but I find Hannibal to be superior in direction, score, and performances. I also love the subplot involving Giancarlo Giannini's character.
I'll second this.
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They both suck, but Hannibal is no doubt the better of the two films.
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I really can't understand why so many peeps dis Hannibal. Sure, it wasn't the classic that Silence was, but it really wasn't supposed to be.

It is a Ridley Scott film for goodness sake and in that vain it was perfect. alien, gladiator, gi jane, blade runner..all dark, edgy and this fits in like a glove. while some of the others may use the less is more attitude, Hannibal just shoves it in your face and i thought it was highly entertaining and just enough gore and chase the baddie story for me. hannibal gets drubbed too much simply because it maybe off kilter from the other two in the trilogy, but if it were a movie on its own merit about a serial killer i think it would have gotten its' just deserve.

also, i think red dragon was simply not good. i saw manhunter and did think it was much better and red dragon just didn't have enough drama and suspense to hold my interest while helping forget the story from seeing the first movie. again, i took both of these films on their own and not part of a trilogy which i think makes a little more sense in this case.
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I would have to go with Hannibal, just by a little bit (I loved Red Dragon, though). Hannibal was just so dark, funny, and the atmosphere was spot on. More than anything, I just like looking at the film because it is absolutely breathtaking. Plus, it was really cool being able to see Lector again after a ten plus year absence. Maybe if Red Dragon hadn't come out so closely after Hannibal I would have liked it even more than I did, but I just have to give the slight edge to Hannibal.

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