Posted by: Jon G. <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, November 9, 2002, at 2:29 p.m. IP Address: 126.96.36.199.dial.xnet.ro
The author of the commentary on the Red Dragon score speaks his mind, gives his opinion, and nothing more. His opinion, however, (and fortunately) doesn't necessarely make the best review of a score. At one point he says "It's difficult to describe why Red Dragon fails to grasp the personality of the series.". No, actually that's very easy to say. Taking for example Silence of the lambs, as being the best and most intense of the three, one might say that the best way to keep the feeling of the first movie would be to take the main themes of 'Silence...', slightly transform them and turn them into new songs, with new orchestration but with similar feeling. 'Silence' is mostly based on slow, but very intense songs, that keep the suspense and the feeling of a thriller. 'Red Dragon', on the other hand, beefits of a very complex score. The strings are very powerful, very fast paced and give the feeling of a racing heartbeat. This makes for a totally different atmosphere in Red Dragon, compared to the previous two Hannibal movies. The reviewer from Filmtracks must have had a bad stereo, since he claims the score to "lack energy and power". Even the main theme is filled with energy, very powerful, very strong. And it suite perfectly the scenes with pieces of newspapers being shown rapidly on the screen.