Here Be Monsters

THE REVIEW

Good novels don't often make good movies. The communion of author, character and reader is usually lost in translation. But Thomas Harris' Lecter stories have been blessed with caring midwives: four films and not a lemon among them. The trick, which Red Dragon pulls off in smart fashion, is to take sensation seriously, to find its root in loneliness and love.

Everyone--the detective (Edward Norton), the supervillain (Anthony Hopkins), his acolyte killer (Ralph Fiennes) and the blind girl he befriends (Emily Watson)--is a wounded creature with the gift, or curse, of second sight. They see too deeply into both want and...

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