The sequel that everyone wanted to see and that got lots of headlines for it's gory content was not something I was very bothered about seeing. It could have been a little longer and more focus could have been put on the relationship between Hannibal and Clarice - specifically, his obsession with her, and the time they spent together after the fiasco at the Verger Estate. In fairness, perhaps there was no way it could be. Once again, the film lacks realism, but as with the original, it doesn't matter. There is nothing wrong with having a monster as your 'hero' character or of focusing on the dark side of humanity but here the film practically revels in the gore, almost forgetting all else. I've heard a lot of reviews saying this was a bad movie.
Is it as good as Silence of the Lambs?. Agent who he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation, but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. The plot is a little bit daffy at points and this may be done to it's slimmed down nature certainly I was not drawn in so much as merely standing by watching it. I went to a free screening of this movie tonight, Thursday December 12, 2006 at the mall cause they gave out free passes at my work across the street. It may have been revolting okay, it was very definitely revolting but so few movies these days have any lasting impact and I appreciate that this one did. It's not - and I don't think anyone has ever tried to claim that it is. I swear his acting was so good that it was scary and near perfect as the demented Hannibal Lechter.
The shame of it is that most people only remember the last 10 minutes, a totally gruesome scene in which the top of a man's head is cut off and he's fed a morsel of his own brain. The doctor is now at large in Europe, pursuing his own interests and savoring the scents and essences of an unguarded world. Foster's Clarice evoked feelings of sympathetic grief, Moore's Clarice evoked nothing. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler Ray Liotta has it in for her. Hans Zimmer's score is magnificent! Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance fo. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal,. I don't know if any of these people have read any of the books, let alone Hannibal Rising, but I loved the movie.
The length of the movie. I was hooked from start to finish and would recommend this film to anyone. Of course things like this don't really happen - but so what? I needed a lot more in fact and I have a better appreciation of what made the first film a much better one than this. Hannibal Lecter quadrilogy, the murdering cannibal. An unrecognisable Oldman also hams it up but keeps his character just this side of silly Ivanek supports Oldman well but is obviously eclipsed by the latter's showy role. Still, it had no other major flaws, so it gets a 6 of 10.
I'd rate it a comfortable second place out of the five films with Hannibal as a character I count 'Manhunter'. It has made Lecter such a comical character 'okay-dokay'? Very well done with a few weaknesses, well worth watching. Gary Oldman's Mason Verger is suitably loathsome and manages to make Lecter seem almost like the hero in their battle of wits. With a charismatic enigma like Hannibal, there is also great risk of the new young version seeming like a hollow parody of the older more familiar version played by Anthony Hopkins. The story is very condensed from the book so I'm told anyway and is basically boiled down to a handful of events that will deliver the shock and gore if that's all you want but that's not all I wanted. He's suppose to be apathetic.
Julianne Moore drew the short straw in having to re-create the Clarice Starling role that had been so memorably played by another actress. However, the material he was given to work with was not as good as Silence of the Lambs. Giannini is good in his minor role and is lucky to escape the script's excesses; sadly Liotta is not free and his performance towards the end matches the absurdity of the plot in his regard. It amazes me that he successfully played someone who's simultaneously a sweet, vulnerable youth victimized by the Nazis and the Soviets and a calculating, coldblooded murderer. Overall this is a big fancy horror movie but it is far from the standard of Silence. It could have bombed badly therefore if writer and actor had let us down by failing to catch the magic again. Overall I give the film an 8 of 10.
People have complained that it took ten years for Harris to write it - well, read it! Some said the moment he transforms from child to youth. Great locations, great acting--especially by Gaspard Ulliel as Hannibal. We were subsequently treated to another look at Lecter in a decent prequel movie, 'Red Dragon,' but I will not be alone in hoping that some day we will see yet more of him in a further instalment. Starling's character, on the other hand, fell flat in this film. Oleh Dunia21 Synopsis Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Moore plays it totally straight and doesn't have much fun she is good but she doesn't stand out even if she does replace Foster well.
I'd give the overall Dr Lecter character a 9 of 10 in this film, vs. It had been a long, long time since a movie made me turn from the screen in genuine horror, and I didn't believe it was even possible. Julianne Moore was sexy and strong. A cloud of dread hangs over this film, and beautiful Florence, Italy, though still beautiful, appears haunted by Lector's very presence in the city. It's just too bad about that ending! I love sitting through a tense thriller that offers no relief and this was almost the case here.