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hee hee this is kinda funny. and as much as I love Edward Norton, I'm going with Lambs
Not easy, I like both
As much as i like Lambs, i'm going with the underrated Red Dragon. Which is weird because i usually hate Brett Ratner with a passion.
I really enjoyed Red Dragon but Silence of the Lambs is one of the only few films that is better than the source material that it's based on.
I agree with Reelz. Both films are good, and the books are very good too, but Silence of the Lambs is a classic film. I wouldn't say it was much better than the book though, I still found the book enjoyable, and I'm not much of a reader. The best case of a film being better than it's source material I can think of is Jaws.
Gotta pick Red Dragon. I could sense a greater amount of tension in the conversations between Norton and Hopkins. I didn't like Foster's performance at all. She was obviously having a hard time coping with Anthony Hopkins who was sublime as Hannibal Lecter. I also found Red Dragon more thrilling and entertaining than Silence. Silence seemed to be trying too hard to look grim and serious while Red Dragon achieved that quite effortlessly. I was, however, impressed by Ted Levine's portrayal of Buffalo Bill. He gave the character that unpredictability and eccentricity without losing a menacing body language. Neither of the two can hold a candle to Se7en which reigns supreme in the serial killer genre.
I disagree with Reelz. No way is Demme's adaptation better than Thomas Harris' brilliant novel.
Silence of the Lambs. Dragon was good, but not particularly memorable.