Anthony Hopkins Month #4: Red Dragon, The Good Father

Red Dragon

Red Dragon is a psychological horror film based on the 1981 novel of the same name, which was written by Thomas Harris, and is a remake to 1986 film, Manhunter. The movie features the infamous character, Hannibal Lecter, and is a prequel to both Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. To see other books Thomas Harris wrote check out BookSeries.org.

When a series of grisly murders brings Will Graham, a retired FBI agent, back into the line of duty, he is faced with the task of hunting down a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy, who kills an entire family beneath each full moon. With the clock ticking before The Tooth Fairy makes his next massacre, Graham is forced to consult with Hannibal Lecter, a man who he himself is responsible for putting behind bars.

Anthony Hopkins reprises the role of Hannibal Lecter, with Edward Norton taking up the mantle of his nemesis, Will Graham. The pair are joined by Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, and Mary Louise-Parker. The movie was directed by Brett Ratner.

Red Dragon goes outs of its way to return the character of Hannibal to all of his sly and cunning glory, whilst also elevating the spine-tingling horror that truly sets this film apart from most others in the genre. With Fiennes delivering a chilling portrayal of The Tooth Fairy and Edward Norton bringing a weary yet driven edge to the character of Edward Norton, the movie is given a sense of gravitas and meaning. The cast and director do a fairly good job of winding the series to a close by bringing us back to where it all began. By ending on a high note, it cements the Hannibal Lecter franchises as one of the best classics of the horror genre ever made.

The Good Father

The Good Father is a 1985 film loosely based on the novel by Peter Prince, starring Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Michael Byrne, Harriet Walker, and Fanny Viner. The movie was directed by Mike Newell and produced by Ann Scott.

Bill Hooper, played by Hopkins, is a man seething with rage and bitterness who spends his days in a daze after the dissolution of his marriage and the loss of custody of his son. That is until he attempts to vent his anger and frustrations by intruding on the custody battles of his friend, Roger Miles, as he tries to feel better about himself and regain what he’s lost.

The film provides a riveting depiction of separation and the loss of one’s child from the male point of view in a manner that is both touching and relatable. With its fast-moving plot and slight twist of an ending, it’s a solid film which touches on real world issues and the emotive processes behind them. The performances made by the cast are intense and powerful, fully immersing the audience in the story being told, and whilst the film is not very subtle in its imagery, it makes for an excellent and enjoyable late night watch with a bucket of popcorn in your lap.

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