I know there have already been plenty of reviews on Hannibal, but Ive just recently had a taste (*cue evil snicker*) of it myself, and I just have to say something about it. First Ill give you a little summary of what youre going to get yourself into.
If you havent seen Silence of the Lambs, dont worry about it too much. Its not exactly mandatory that you see that movie first, though it helps just a little. In which case, Ill fill you in on the pieces you need to know. Enter FBI Agent Clarice Starling who, in the previous film, was trying to catch a murderer and went to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a.k.a. Hannibal the Cannibal (played in both films by Anthony Hopkins). Currently hes locked up far away from society but when Clarice comes to have little chats with him, he gets into her mind and vice versa. Obviously by this movie you can tell Hannibal has gotten out, but a few things havent changed and he hasnt forgotten about Clarice.
So now here we are. Clarice is now played by Julianne Moore, who is having issues with the FBI, but has received some information about Hannibal from one of his past victims Mason Verger, the only one to make it out alive. She is now determined to find him, but shes not the only one looking. In Italy, an inspector Pazzi suddenly realizes who hes been talking to all this time after a visit to the FBI net. Mason isnt exactly happy with his last meeting with Hannibal. With money and revenge on the line, its all a matter of who will find him first. And when it comes to Clarice, well, Hannibal doesnt mind too much in letting her run around after him. Its a full-scale cat and mouse game, complete with a little *mmm* dinner, in case you get hungry but Im not telling you anything else youll have to find out what happens to who (and how) yourself.
First off, I most certainly liked it better than Silence of the Lambs, which Ive seen so many times (or at least the ending so many) that its kind of dull now and not really scary. Anthony Hopkins does an absolutely fantastic job as Hannibal Lecter and I just grin thinking about just how well he played his roll. Hes so well-learned, well-spoken, but at the drop of a hat can put on that psychotic grin and wide eyes that so easily creeps one out. Man hes good.
Julianne Moore makes for a far better Agent Clarice Starling than Jody Foster ever did, in my opinion. Id never even seen Hannibal, and even before then when watching Silence of the Lambs I decided I didnt like Jody Foster for the roll. It just didnt seem to fit. I remember seeing a commercial for Hannibal and noticing they had a different actress for Clarice and right then and there thought, Yeah, she looks the part shes going to do good. And I was right. I even think that they should go back and remake Silence of the Lambs and use Julianne Moore instead. Haha.
The movie itself is slow-paced, and after a while I actually started to get impatient for Clarice and Hannibal to meet up. To be honest, I was actually a little disappointed for the lack of interaction between the two. Frankly I think the last 20 some minutes is the best part I was extremely excited to see such interesting behavior by Hannibal after he did a little rescuing of Clarice (Im not telling I said go see it!). I thought the whole thing between those two was great stuff like that intrigues me to no end its ridiculous. Hehe.
Now, I remember my sister telling me about to movie, as well as others, saying, Its so gross! Ok, Ill give them that yeah, it can get to the point where you think, Aw man, sick but on the Gore-o-Meter of 1 (no blood) to 10 (bucketfuls) its really only about maybe a 4 or 5. Starship Troopers was ickier. I guess the context of the blood and such all makes it matter more. Theres the creepy factor to put in there because, if you have blood and major creepiness, its much easier to gross people out.
So if you can handle a little grossness, like Anthony Hopkins, and dont mind one big creepy situation (the movie as a whole), take a look. It might even make you double check your door locks at night. *evil grin*
Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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Taking the basic plot contraptions from Thomas Harris's baroque novel, Hannibal is so stylistically different from its predecessor that it forces you to take it on its own terms. Director Ridley Scott gives the film a sleek, almost European look that lets you know that, unlike the first film (which was about the quintessentially American Clarice), this movie is all Hannibal. Does it work? Yes--but only up to a point. Scott adeptly sets up an atmosphere of foreboding, but it's all buildup for anticlimax, as Verger's plot for abducting Hannibal (and feeding him to man-eating wild boars) doesn't ...