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What a fall from grace!
Member Name: speedy2056
Advantages: Anthony Hopkins performance, Gary Oldman
Disadvantages: Pacing, gore level is too high, laughable climax, script
This film is a big departure in entertainment from it's classic predecessor and Hopkins is the best thing about this one.
The film is set some years later after 'Silence' and Clarice Starling (this time played by Julianne Moore) is still generally trying to track down Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter but is having a very hard time doing that and is occupying herself with other FBI assignments.
Hannibal is living in Paris and his appetite for human flesh has seemed to have subsided but he will "take care" of anybody who threatens his freedom.
Also, a surviving former victim of Hannibal's is conducting a plan to capture and kill him once and for all!
I'm not aware of other people's views on this one but I thought this was one long bore!
As in 'Silence', this film is dialogue heavy, but the movie moves along at a sluggish pace and I wasn't captivated as I was with the previous movie.
This is much more higher on the gore side and Gary Oldman's Mason Verger, who plays Hannibal's former surviving victim, is hard to look at with the excellent makeup FX applied to him, showing off the character's physical scars that Hannibal gave to him.
Julianne Moore's performance just couldn't reach Foster's in terms of greatness and her performance is rather generic. I always thought Julianne plays character's who have a chip on their shoulder and her version of Clarice is no different!
The film's climax is laughable, although, I will admit that when I watched this in the cinema, years ago, I was on the verge of puking when watching that particular gory sequence, which I now find just hillarious to watch!
Even Anthony Hopkins confessed to laughing at it so that must tell you something.
If I found the first hour and a half a bore, the next half an hour just makes the film fall flat firmly on it's face!
I would say miss it but I know die hard Hannibal fans will watch it anyway.
Anyone else can afford to move on to something else.
Summary: A laughable sequel that is a major disappointment. Ridley Scott fails!