Hannibal (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Anthony Hopkins is "perverse perfection" (Rolling Stone) in his return to the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the sophisticated killer who comes out of hiding to draw FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) into a high-stakes battle that will test her strength, cunning and loyalty.
- 2 Disc set
- Over 35 minutes of deleted scenes
- Breaking the Silence - 5 unique making-of featurettes
- Photo gallery
- 3 interactive multi-angle featurette
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Hannibal is a great character in fiction. And Anthony Hopkins does a fantastic job portraying him. But I had a hard time getting behind him being the central character of this film. I feel like he works best as a sort of puppet master type, pulling strings in the background, and manipulating those around him to basically advance the plot.
As he is the main focus now, we get a lot of scenes and character dialogue reminding us how clever he is. Which the movie uses as an excuse to turn him into an invincible slasher type villain in a lot of the movie. It just screams poorly written fluff because the plot demands it writing, and by the end of it I was actually exhausted by how 'clever' Hannibal Lecter was throughout the film.
It's not all bad. Much like Silence of the Lambs, there's some really creepy imagery. There's also some really horrific gore. And it should go without saying that the film is acted superbly.
While I do miss Jody Foster in the Clarice Starling role, Julianne Moore does bring a new dimension to the character, far more sure of herself, but worn out after years of doing detective work. So while she misses that sort of iconic vulnerability and does become a different character, it makes sense thematically.
Overall, this is probably a safe watch if you really liked Silence of the Lambs. It has a lot of the same psychological storytelling, although it just wasn't executed as well. And it really depends on how much the Hannibal Lecter character stands out basically on his own for you. I personally just found it a bit lacking.
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