After eluding capture for years gone by, Dr Hannibal Lecter lives a quiet life in Italy. However, trouble strikes when he leaves a few dead men in his tracks. All the whilst, Agent Clarice Starling suffers the wrath of one of Lecter’s past victims.
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Nestled between Ridley Scott's methodical direction, Mamet's zingers and Mathieson's supreme images, is the puritan love story of Lecter and Clarice. What was once indicated is now fully realized in the sequel. Comparing Julianne Moore to Jodie Foster is complicated. The new Clarice is more ambiguous. What does she really want? Justice? God? Love? Well, Lecter's pretty darn clear about his priorities. Proves it too.
The psychological romance is back, this time sponsored by Gucci! Never thought that Hannibal Lecter on the loose would be less fearful than tied in, but the really frightful one is Mason Verger - that man will give me nightmares! Despite the female leader change, the movie appears to be a compelling sequel, though it only evidences how good the original is.
Where is the love?! It's as aesthetically gorgeous as any of Scott's other work, with a crisp, taut screenplay full of Mamet's thrilling shop-talk and intimate details. And, of course, we've another terrific turn from Hopkins, who has a lot more to do here. Oldman and Liotta are superb, too -- Julianne Moore pales in comparison to Jodie Foster, but does an admirable enough job filling those enormous shoes.
Julianne Moore is one of my favorite actresses and I think she's brilliant in every role that she takes... however it just doesn't feel right seeing her as Special Agent Clarice Sterling. She does a good job, no doubt about it... But I just keep thinking that should have been Jodie Foster there, against Hannibal once again.
I like the more "gory" aspect of the movie!
One of the worst 'prestigious' Hollywood films of the past 10 years. Ridley Scott is so out of his element, trying to operate in the serial killer/thriller mold, that it becomes obvious from the opening scene. And yet there are elements of "Hannibal" to savor: the frequent nods to Italian horror, including Hans Zimmer's "Suspiria"-ish score, and Gary Oldman's wonderfully over-the-top turn as the villain.
For such a strong cast and crew, this really is a profoundly awful movie. Nothing makes sense, some scenes look straight out of "CSI," and there's a horribly disfigured man breeding evil mutant pigs. I will admit though, that it does have a sort of B-movie zaniness to it, and I haven't laughed as hard in ages as when during the credits I figured out that the disfigured guy was actually Gary Oldman.
Watching this a day after I watched Silence of the Lambs, the difference in quality is glaring. Way too many rapid cuts that in no way matched the masterful lingering shots of the first movie. Unnecessary action sequences, bad dialogue, nothing left to the imagination... I did not like this film, no sir I did not.