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Thoughts for dinner?
Member Name: karen22382
Date: 06/08/02, updated on 06/08/02 (85 review reads)
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Hello again, I've finally come out of hiding to write another opinion. This time on the hit movie Hannibal.
Wrote by the fantastic Thomas Harris who also wrote The silence of the lambs, the film was brought to life by Ridley Scott with the help of A list actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman and Julienne Moore.
The story follows on from Silence of the Lambs where a young officer on the hunt for a deranged serial killer asks for help off another deranged serial kiler (figures!). In SOTL the FBI trainee Clarice Starling was played by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins played the wise but dangerous cannibal Hannibal Lector who trys to help Starling with her search for madman Jame Gumb who kidnaps women and cuts off their skin to make a human outfit for himself.
In the next addition 'Hannibal', the film moves towards the capture of Hannibal Lector himself after his escape at the end of SOTL. The difference which can't be missed is that Starling is played by Julienne Moore as Foster supposedly refused due to sickening scenes at the end of the film. Ray Liotta also stars as Starling's nemisis Krendler, and possibly unbeknown to a few, Gary Oldman plays the eccentric wheel chair bound Mason Verger who desperatley wants to get revenge on Dr Hannibal who suggested the peadophile feed his face to his dogs which he happily did.
I read 80% of the book before i saw the film which i believe was a mistake as I was then able to pick at the film and notice emissions and mistakes more. One of the first things I noticed was that the book was long and detailed so the beginning seemed quite rushed, as though they tried to squeeze too much in the little time available. The scenes were too short and too many in the beginning though it did pick up and become a little more constant towards the middle.
It was also a little confusing too a point that I was glad that I had read the book so i would understand better, an ex
ample of this is when the Italian police officer Pazzi was trying to get proof that Dr Fell was Hannibal he enlisted a common theif to try and steal Dr Fell's wallet. The idea was that Dr Fell would notice and grab the thiefs arm and leave a finger print on a bracelet. In the film this isn't explained well enough and it doesn't show where the theif comes from.
When Hannibal defeats the evil Verger he seemed to talk Verger's carer into killing him way too easily. I know films have to cut alot and can't feature everything but they may have left too many bits out.
Even though it sounds like I didn't enjoy this film I did. I thought i was great and will be a classic for years to come. some scenes were a little sickly and upset a few people, i.e the brain supper, the pigs dinner and Hannibal biting the nurses nose but i think the film may rely on these scenes to make it memorable.