Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced
Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.
Note: This review comes from my previous review of the Hannibal
. This disc has just been re-issued as a single
I'm so disappointed to finally admit after all these years that this
movie sort of eats butt. Here's the problem- I read the book first.
Now, I'm not going to do the whole 'the movie sucks because of the
book' thing. The issue is that I loved the book so much that I was
blind to see how lame the movie really was and I filled in all of the
cracks myself with what I knew from the book. Now, I don't hate the
movie..as I said before, I always liked it. The thing about it is that
it's a narrative mess, running about all over the place and it never
really settles on a tone that works. There's a lot of problems with the
casting. First, this movie should never have been made without Jodie
Foster, and Julianne Moore was not the best replacement. This was a
fatal flaw and she's just not up to the task, despite being a capable
actress. Also, Ray Liotta is awful as FBI agent Krendler, a real ham.
I like some things about this movie. It's cool that Hannibal's on the
lam and Hopkins is up to the task here without a doubt. His dialogue is
great and without him, the film would be nothing. I also thought that
Gary Oldman's Mason verger character was really well done, but you
don't see enough of him. Conversely though, the whole bounty hunter
thing to make Lecter a hero comes off poorly and is really badly
transferred from the book. I also liked the european opera scenes that
took place, although they just seemed like an excuse to have Lecter
kill people in a faraway land.
When this movie finally ends, it does so with a whimper and with one of
the most unintentionally hilarious scenes I've seen in awhile. It plays
like a fart in church and people really remember that scene for all the
Ultimately, this movie comes off like a strange art flick attempt to
keep Hannibal's legacy alive and it doesn't work well. I'll always
enjoy it for what it is, but it is definitely full of problems and only
weakens the series.
Hannibal is as empty as Lecter's cell most of the time. Nothing to see here.
It isn't dreadful, but it isn't great either. I'd recommend the book
for the most complete picture here, and although I have a bit of a soft
spot in my heart for this film, it isn't top notch.