Hannibal: Season 1 [Blu-ray + Digital]
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FBI Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn't know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist - a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham's mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others...and himself.
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First of all, if you're expecting a nice,calm, TV show, keep going. Hannibal is violent.Very violent.And gory.I've never watched Dexter so I don't know if it's as bad or worse, but..
The acting:I have to commend everyone involved with his show-the casting tis perfect-and I was surprised to find out Hugh Dancy is English! Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal is *amazing*-not to take away from Anthony Hopkins' portrayal, or even Brian Cox's, in Manhunter, but Mads puts his own spin on it-he's so charming, but he's an incredibly manipulative son of a gun, too!
The episodes move along well, and most storylines are wrapped up well, save for one involving a character's spouse, and a suspect(guest star Lance Henriksen.)
Just when you think things couldn't get any more insane, then there's the last few episodes-including the finale.Oh my gosh..I won't spoil it but it's cray cray.
The photography is just fantastic, though. The music is great. The plot and whatnot is what loses it for me. If you're interested in this "universe" then you'll probably rate it higher. If you like the actors, you'll rate it higher. I give it a solid "i'll watch it once or twice" 3 stars.
I can't even wait for Season 2. If you remotely liked Seven, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Shutter Island, or any psychological thrillers, be prepared to see a wonderful slow-burn psychological thriller, gorgeous, dark, and something that will stick with you after the finale. Get this on BLU-RAY!
The show itself is gorgeous. I feel that so many shows and movies need to pay attention to the way this story is told - there is an art to it that has been lost in the past fifteen years. The cinematography is amazing. I sometimes have to pause a scene just to take in the beauty of the shot - a stack of bodies is so balanced, and the color contrast is astounding.
Hannibal has a way of taking you into the moment and then warping it in a twist that makes you question everything. And most plot twists make you doubt the rationale of the entirety - who is right and who is wrong.
Beyond that, the acting is superb. I expect nothing less from Dancy and Mikkelsen. Their energy plays off another, creating an interesting, deep dynamic.
Great writing, great actors, great shots. Couldn't ask for anything more.