Hannibal

First of all, to hell with television. I’m not talking about any damn T.V. series here. I’m talking about the film, almost a decade and a half old at this point, and nearly universally derided as being a failed sequel to what may be the artiest, classiest slasher film ever made – The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, I’m talking about that Hannibal. I’ve written elsewhere about my love for this film. I’m writing again because there is nothing but negativity out there for this gem. Indeed, Hannibal is one of the most beautiful films ever made, albeit also one of the nastiest. You take the good with the bad, I suppose. Salt and sweet.

 

Hannibal

Hannibal

To get the bad out of the way, the film is not as tight as its predecessor. That cannot be denied. But so what, let’s move on.

The scenery is great. Really nice looking places. And the soundtrack is among the best ever created. And what is a film if not a collection of images and sounds? As for the story, perfect vehicle to allow the display and exhibition of one of the most memorable characters ever concocted. Hannibal is no longer a villain – he eats the rude, he avenges honest persons when they are wronged by institutionalized corruption, he leads the greedy to their own ending… He is a hero here who even gets the girl, sort of, in the end. Okay, maybe not so much in the film, but the point remains that Hannibal has become in this film almost God-like in his ability to thwart the plans of the evil doers while cleansing the world of their toxic effects. And he does it with class and panache. So, quit trashing one of my favorite films and show some respect towards one of the best films of the first decade of this new century (and millennium). Give it another view (or a first if you haven’t seen it before) and tell me it isn’t memorable, at the very least.

6 comments

  1. I totally agree! Hannibal is one of my favourite movies and characters. 😀

  2. Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    YES! I love the character Hannibal, as well as the movie. Sir Anthony Hopkins breaths exquisite life into his portrayal of Dr. Lecter, and it leaves a memorable and fond impression on me. I admire this character and Sir Anthony Hopkins’ acting very much. I’ve been watching the TV series, as well, and although Sir Anthony isn’t in it, Mads Mikkelson brings another perspective. I’m dedicated to the original two movies (Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal), yet willing still to embrace new representations of my favourite character. ❤

    1. Thanks for the reblog! For the record, it wasn’t my intention to attack the television series – I’ve never seen it. I don’t watch television, save for an occasional episode of The Twilight Zone or The X Files on Netflix.

  3. Good Post!
    Have u seen Manhunter (1986)? That is by far th best movie featuring Lector.
    Would like to hear your thots on that one (and yes! to hell with television)
    Cheers!

    1. I have seen Manhunter and enjoyed it very much. I can’t say I prefer it to TSOTL or Hannibal, but it was better than the Red Dragon remake. I’ll have to put my thoughts on them all together in one post someday instead of spread out in the comments of several different posts. Thanks for reading and sharing!

  4. Hannibal is memorable to me because I recall not flinching when a character’s abdomen was slashed and their guts fell out. That’s when I realised, I’m not really that squeamish. 😊 I also remember the eating of the brain; all very interesting. 😋😄

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