Tuesday, 24 January 2017 »  Login
in
»
Movies » Hannibal Movie Review
I am at

Hannibal Review

Hannibal
Chinmayi Sirsi / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Ever since I saw Jonathan Demme's "Silence Of The Lambs" (on TV, mind you, lending a whole new dimension to the phrase "glued to the television set") - wide-eyed, dry-mouthed and startled out of my wits, and my respect for movie-making rapidly taking giant leaps - I've wanted, oh so badly, to watch its sequel. Hollywood being far away from Hyderabad the sequel took its time to reach us, and this week I finally had my prayers answered. And how.

What a sequel Hannibal is - gloomy, dull, unintelligent and unforgivably boring. Someone should go right ahead and sue Ridley Scott, charging him with killing expectations and eating them for dinner. Neither the presence of Anthony Hopkins (as Hannibal the Cannibal, in case you are unenlightened), nor his grossly (in)human eating habits (pun! that's a pun!) could add any flavor (this gets better and better!) to the tasteless grub that Scott has dished out for his hungry audience. I believe this happened mainly since Hannibal lacks the right ingredients to make a good cannibal movie.

Take Julianne Moore, for one. The poor thing tries, but fails to fool you into believing that she could be the older version of the incredibly strong and painfully vulnerable Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster in Silence Of The Lambs. But Moore is the least of your worries as the movie first threatens and then goes on to fulfill its threat of becoming a cheap, cheesy horror-flick. Substantial blame can be rested on the slack, powerless and unbelievably ordinary script. And the dialogues.

For the benefit of those who haven't been fortunate enough to watch the Silence Of The Lambs, and for that of those fortunate enough not to have watched Hannibal, here's the story of the prequel. Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, sort of befriends prisoner Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a man-eating psycho psychiatrist who helps her out in a horrible "Buffalo Bull" case in return for a "view" of the outside world. Hannibal then escapes.

10 years later, in Hannibal the movie, Clarice is back on the case. Also on the lookout for Lecter is Mason Verger, a horribly disfigured rich old man, Hannibal's only surviving victim who has sworn revenge. When Clarice gets disgraced by the force for "doing her job" well (an incident which leads her to be assigned to the Hannibal case), Hannibal writes to her to express his hope that they both might enjoy themselves.

Meanwhile, Inspector Renaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) in Florence, Italy, chances upon the true identity of Doctor Bell (the great Hannibal himself) and pays dearly for it. The story then escalates into some more obscure nonsense, with wild hungry boars trained to eat men and fried brains (yuck!) for special effects. The result is not a happy one, especially since the end looks suspiciously like the beginning of another meaningless sequel.

Ridley Scott just couldn't leave well enough. In Hannibal, darkness and gloom try and fail to replace the sense of horror and disbelief you felt while watching its prequel. Simple, rather nonsensical dialogues replace those complex, thrilling and sometimes chilling exchanges between Lecter and Clarice. Cheap horror filmmaking replaces intense, clear-headed art. The abnormally intelligent, suave and sophisticated Hannibal Lecter is made out to be just another stupid, contemptible villain, and Clarice loses her strength as well as her vulnerability. If I were less angry, I might have said tut, tut, but this calls for a greater reprimand.

The performances are the saving grace, though there isn't much the actors can do to improve things. The make-up artists deserve mention, though, and so do the few scenes that make you go "yuck". As that's what they are intended for, I suppose they deserve some credit. The only other good thing about Hannibal is that it reminds you of Silence Of The Lambs (by playing dialogues from that movie into this one, under the pretext of Clarice reviewing the case - Scott's idea of making an independent sequel), and make you want watch it (Silence... not Hannibal) all over again.

All things considered though, you wish the makers of Hannibal had had the sense to avoid meddling with things they didn't understand. Some silences are better left undisturbed.
Share. Save. Connect.
  EMAIL
  PRINT
  SAVE
HANNIBAL SNAPSHOT
Hannibal (english) reviews
USER RATING
6.2
17 USERS
RATE
Rating is quick and easy - try it!
HANNIBAL USER REVIEWS
1 - 5 OF 5 COMMENTS
POSITIVE  |  NEGATIVE |  NEWEST  |  OLDEST  |  MOST HELPFUL  |  LEAST HELPFUL
USER RATING
6.2
17 USERS
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
The Mavericks on 2nd Sep 2001, 4:10pm | Permalink
future movie reviews!

rush hour 2 4 stars
evolution nice funny movie ..worth a watch

Arficial intelligence - superb

tomb raider--- don`t under estimate it and compare it with movies like charlies angels..where women fight...this one is actually interesting..to watch..its not much like the game. but angelina joile or whatever!...is actually good looking
don`t miss this

scary movie2.. naa..not as good as part one..
i will be back with more!
RATING
10
The Mavericks on 2nd Sep 2001, 4:06pm | Permalink
ok...don`t spend money to watch this in theatres...not worth more than a VCD watch..the music always kills the suspense....hey guys...watch out for Jurrassic park 3..nice one...but then again...don`t compare it with part 1...this one is " JUST" a thriller...no work for the grey matter in your brain
RATING
4
Zafar on 31st Aug 2001, 11:39am | Permalink
I watched Silence of the Lambs... and had big aspirations for the Hannibal... but having read Hyderabadees comments... I am having second thoughts...
RATING
6
Zaphod Beeblebrox on 28th Aug 2001, 2:46pm | Permalink
unpalatable....and dished out by ridley scott!!!!makes u wonder if this is the same guy who directed"Bladerunner"
RATING
2
Manohar on 28th Aug 2001, 12:57am | Permalink
Couldn't agree with the review more. It is nothing like "Silence of the Lambs".
RATING
4
LEAVE A COMMENT
fullhyd.com has 700,000+ monthly visits. Tell Hyderabad what you feel about Hannibal!
Rate Movie
[no link to your name will appear, overriding global settings]
To preserve integrity, fullhyd.com allows ratings/comments only with a valid email. Your comments will be accepted once you give your email, and will be deleted if the email is not authenticated within 24 hours.
My name:

Dissatisfied with the results? Report a problem or error, or add a listing.
ADVERTISEMENT
SHOUTBOX!
ADVERTISEMENT
This page was tagged for
Hannibal english movie
Hannibal reviews
release date
Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore
theatres list
Follow fullhyd.com on
© Copyright 1999-2009 LRR Technologies (Hyderabad), Pvt Ltd. All rights reserved. fullhyd, fullhyderabad, Welcome To The Neighbourhood are trademarks of LRR Technologies (Hyderabad) Pvt Ltd. The textual, graphic, audio and audiovisual material in this site is protected by copyright law. You may not copy, distribute, or use this material except as necessary for your personal, non-commercial use. Any trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. More on Hyderabad, India. Jobs in Hyderabad.