Well, what I *meant* to say was, "I can't say for certain that the music will work well in the film (because I haven't seen it), but knowing Elfman, I'm sure it WILL".
And of course, I have seen the film now, and anyone else who's seen it will indeed know that Elfman captured the mood and tone of it beautifully (as he always does) and that his score for it is absolutely superb. No-one could have done better.
So saying, I don't listen to the soundtrack of "Red Dragon" that often; as stand alone music I admit it doesn't hold up the interest. But remember that it is FILM MUSIC, and is supposed to be for the film - full stop. Elfman doesn't try to do a Williams style "make sure the music will be listenable on the CD even if that means that it doesn't *quite* fit the images on the screen in the film" attitude.
PS I was quite disappointed to discover recently that all of the best music in "Hannibal" wasn't actually composed by Zimmer at all... Shame, really...