Genre Guesstimation – Hannibal (2001)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Diego of Lazy Sunday Movies.  He has chosen another great genre for this coming month.  We will be reviewing our favorite Psychological Thriller Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to psychodiego@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Diego!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Psychological Thriller Movies…

hannibal“People don’t always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don’t advance in life.” – Hannibal Lecter

Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 Nov 2001 and 8 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Years after he escaped from custody, Hannibal Lecter is still being pursued by Clarice Starling and a wealthy former victim who wants revenge.

My Take on it – I am a very big fan of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and recall being quite excited when they announced that they would be making a sequel a decade after the original came out.

I recall not loving it so much mainly because of the way it handles the final act.

This felt like the perfect choice for this months genre because it would give me the chance the reevaluate it nearly fifteen years after first seeing it.

It turns out that my opinion of the film pretty much stays the same after all these years.

Anthony Hopkins easily slips back into the shoes of Hannibal Lecter and it’s a real pleasure watching his character in action once again. This performance isn’t as Oscar Worthy as the original one, but it’s still creepy enough to mess with your brain.

They are able to capture much of the feel of the original bit still hovers below it.

The biggest problem is the last act which goes off on an unnecessary tangent instead of trying to continue the story in a more plausible way which makes it lose much of its impact.

Julianne Moore is a very talented actress, but in this film she seems like she is trying too hard to imitate Jodie Foster’s interpretation of the character instead of inventing her own voice.

I enjoyed the rest of the cast, but as always, this is Hopkins’ show the whole way thru.

Bottom Line – Nice sequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which works most of the time because it is able to recapture many of the elements that made the original so powerful.  Unfortunately, it goes off on a tangent during the final parts that take away from the impact that it should have had. Excellent cast led obviously by Hopkins, but as great as Moore is, she just isn’t Foster and it seems like she was trying too hard to imitate her instead of making the character her own. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Zeljko Ivanek, he accepted his role because he wanted to work with Ray Liotta. Ivanek introduced himself to Liotta but Liotta reminded him that they worked together before on The Rat Pack (1998). Ivanek was embarrassed that he had not remembered that. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but the film goes off into some very dicey territory with this film that just takes away from my fond memories of the original.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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5 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Hannibal (2001)

  1. You’re right, it didn’t quite have the hard-hitting finale that SOTL achieved. But still a great, entertaining movie. If you kind of forget that Julianne Moore’s trying to be Starling, she’s otherwise brill in it. Accent doesn’t work for me either.

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