Red Dragon: I saw this in the theaters when I was like 17, and I don't think I've seen it since. I really liked it then, times change. Since then, uh, Hannibal happened.
I don't want to say that Hopkins' Lectern seems like a caricature of a pervert played in the broadest strokes possible compared to Mikkelson, but the thought occured.
I don't know if another movie exists that is so incompetently designed and directed, but forced into some sort of cohesion by a bunch of really really good actors.
Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Harvey Keitel are all busting their asses here, swimming against the current of Brett Ratner's directorial ineptitude.
Edward Norton is... fine, I guess. Norton is a very strong actor who's well cast, but it also seems like he couldn't give a shit.
I'm not going to compare Hopkins and Mikkelson further, it's apples and oranges. I recently sat down and watched Silence of the Lambs, and while Hopkins still has the edge of a pedophile with sweets in his pocket, his performance is miles more nuanced. Here, he's chewing the scenery like his life depends on it. It's... not his best work.
Beyond the acting, there are some baffling choices from the DOP and hair and makeup.
This is not a good movie.