Anthony Hopkins gave an impeccable performance. It may have been revolting okay, it was very definitely revolting but so few movies these days have any lasting impact and I appreciate that this one did. It was also too bad that Mason Verger's sister, Margot, was written out of the script. Unlikely I suspect - but not impossible. This was a much lower-key film than it's famous predecessor, which probably disappointed a lot of people who prefer a lot more violence and f-words in their crime movies. However, the first two hours of the film offers a feast, if you'll pardon the pun, for the eyes and ears that is not revolting except for one other three-second shot. .
Jack Crawford is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. There isn't a lot of gore in the film, but what there was, was. Julianne Moore was sexy and strong. He's merely in a different situation. Once again, the film lacks realism, but as with the original, it doesn't matter. The first time I saw it, I left the theatre not really knowing what I thought of it. Hannibal Lecter's essence has not changed.
This was the major one. This is a really good film - not a great film, but a really good one. If there is a weak link, Ray Liotta's Krendler seems a bit misplaced. I have to go against popular opinion on this one. Julianne Moore drew the short straw in having to re-create the Clarice Starling role that had been so memorably played by another actress. She does well in my opinion, but inevitably we keep thinking 'where is Jodie Foster? The sick, disgusting depravity we expect to see and like to see in this type of film.
Very well done with a few weaknesses, well worth watching. We were subsequently treated to another look at Lecter in a decent prequel movie, 'Red Dragon,' but I will not be alone in hoping that some day we will see yet more of him in a further instalment. Graham';;s trial faces multiple interruptions when it appears that he and his alleged crimes have gained an admirer who seems to want to control Graham';;s fate. But they don't, and Anthony Hopkins turns in another delicious performance as the man with the evil intent cloaked in inestimable, menacing charm. Hopkins, a little chunkier than the last time we saw him in this role, positively exudes menace especially in his final confrontation with Pazzi an excellent Giancarlo Giannini whose sad eyes make him the most sympathetic character in the film. Do not watch this film if you are squeamish or dislike gore.
When I went back again and again! Of course, it's disgusting and I don't find it easy to watch, either. Not quite as good, but still very good. A cloud of dread hangs over this film, and beautiful Florence, Italy, though still beautiful, appears haunted by Lector's very presence in the city. People have complained that it took ten years for Harris to write it - well, read it! Her character gets a 3 of 10. It could have bombed badly therefore if writer and actor had let us down by failing to catch the magic again.
It's just too bad about that ending! Foster's Clarice evoked feelings of sympathetic grief, Moore's Clarice evoked nothing. In Silence we had a caged monster whose intensity was extremely focussed. It was after all a decade after the original was made. Starling's character, on the other hand, fell flat in this film. Overall I give the film an 8 of 10.
The shame of it is that most people only remember the last 10 minutes, a totally gruesome scene in which the top of a man's head is cut off and he's fed a morsel of his own brain. You see more and more with each viewing - little treasures and nuggets that you find almost by accident. The author is god, and if god says a character will do something, who are we to second-guess? The length of the movie. Don't go into it expecting to see another Silence of the Lambs. Giancarlo Giannini was outstanding and Gary Oldman creditable. Hans Zimmer's score is magnificent! Expect to see a weird and wonderful love story and an adventure! The movie would have had to be eight hours long to even begin to explore the depths plumbed by Harris in the book. It's not - and I don't think anyone has ever tried to claim that it is.
Ridley Scott is known for his stylish direction and that is certainly the case here. Scene after scene is just jaw dropping and features some of the best shots, outside and inside, of Florence, Italy, you could ever imagine. It could have been a little longer and more focus could have been put on the relationship between Hannibal and Clarice - specifically, his obsession with her, and the time they spent together after the fiasco at the Verger Estate. I'd give the overall Dr Lecter character a 9 of 10 in this film, vs. Then I found myself smiling. Anthony Hopkins is, as usual, brilliant! All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor and the adventure. It is chock-a-block full of mythology, astronomical and religious themes that weave their way throughout.