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Hannibal - 'This Time it's Personal'
Member Name: TimListfield
Advantages: We see more of Hannibal, and it's so slick.
Disadvantages: not quite as good as the first film.
This is a really slick film, from start to finish. The Silence of the Lambs is the better of the two in terms of thrills, but this is just a class act all the way.
Hannibal is the belated but very welcome sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins was able to come back as Hannibal, and this time the film does focus more on him rather than anyone else. David Mamet's script does him so much justice. It's full of culture, class acting, class writing and some truly brilliant moments between Hannibal and the numerous other characters he comes across.
Jodie Foster couldn't return as Starling, as she had just become a mother. So the role of Starling was recast with Julianne Moore in the role, and in fairness she does a very worthy job as Jodie Foster wasn't an easy act to follow.
The plot this time is focused on Clarice and Hannibal. Clarice has been rejected by the FBI after a drug arrest goes wrong. She is in trouble with her superiors and may lose her job depending on how it works out for her.
Meanwhile at a huge country estate, a man called Mason Verger (Gary Oldman on top form) is planning to catch Hannibal. Hannibal years before had made Verger peel his own face off, and has left him in a wheelchair.
In Florence, Italy, Hannibal has found work at a museum under another name and wants to come out of hiding when he finds out that Clarice is in trouble and is being stabbed in the back.
So all three of the characters start to become intertwined as they all try to catch each other or get away from each other, leading to a wonderfully over the top 'Hannibal' style climax.
There is a huge amount going on in this film, all of it related and so much of it just effortlessly intertwined in the plot. Anthony Hopkins is yet again on top form as Hannibal, and we see more of him this time because the plot revolves around him. Hannibal just became more evil. Julianne Moore is a first rate replacement for Jodie Foster as Starling. There is also brilliant support from Giancarlo Giannini as an Italian police officer attempting to catch Hannibal for the $3,000,000 reward being offered by Verger, and Ray Liotta as the corrupt District Attorney taking bribes.
A slick, fast paced piece of film making. Not as good as the first film in terms of thrills, but the characterization and the dialogue make this effortless.
Summary: A slick sequel that moves effortlessly throughout.