Thursday Movie Picks: Prequels

Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Part of me feels very uninspired by this week’s theme because I’m not much for sequels nor prequels. They tend to be made for money purposes only these days. At least that’s how I see it. But that in mind, I do think there are a few decent prequels out there so I’ve listed three here. One is a bit weaker than the others but still better than most prequels I know of. No theme within a theme this week because I couldn’t think of any.


Definitely the weakest film in this bunch but still okay. Hannibal Rising tells the story of the serial killer known as Hannibal from his childhood to early 20’s? I want to say this but I’m honestly not sure. Gaspard Ulliel takes on the main character Hannibal and has obviously big shoes to fill. He doesn’t do an exceptional job here but the movie itself has a few memorable moments. Somehow that stew made of his sister is still haunting me so many years later.


While the newest trilogy didn’t turn out well and the Han Solo movie was, for me at least, a waste of my time, Rogue One was good. It was so good that I found it especially annoying because of its ending. It gave us so may good characters and a diverse cast and then it just ripped them away from us. Well, we kind of knew this going in but still, it hurt. Rogue One is one of the best out of the new Star Wars movies for me and it’s a shame it is tainted by so many bad ones in recent years.

1. RED DRAGON (2002)

Probably the strongest of three in this list is Red Dragon. I’m fairly certain I saw this one before I saw The Silence of the Lambs which is the earlier film to this. Unlike Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon doesn’t explore too much Hannibal but its other serial killer played wonderfully by Ralph Fiennes. Oh, and Edward Norton is great as well and so was Anthony Hopkins but that is sort of expected. It’s a well rounded movie that has a lot of rediscovery to itself as well when you watch it again.




    1. I recommend it. You don’t need to have seen the newer Star War movies either, I think (see I’m no expert) it falls in between the first two trilogies but I could be completely wrong 😀

  1. I wasn’t a big fan of Red Dragon but I truly hated Hannibal Rising. Manhunter, which is the first adaption of the Red Dragon novel, is very, very good. You should check it out if you haven’t seen it.

    1. Yes, it is… I guess since it’s so much better and brings out the flaws the other movies have. 😀

  2. I have not seen Hannibal Rising and not sure I will. I only saw the first film of the Star Wars re-reboot and have to see the rest. We match with Red Dragon which I think is excellent and I love Ralph Fiennes

    1. I think Red Dragon is super strong, it has a good cast for sure.. many prequels don’t get that sort of luxury.

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