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Jan 19, 2021It brings a level of terror like no other show
Nov 13, 2020This review is for all 3 seasons of Hannibal. Season 1 opens and draws us in with the amazing acting of Mads Mikkelsen starring as Hannibal Lector. I'm an old school Silence of the Lambs fan who couldn't imagine anyone doing justice to that character after watching Anthony Hopkins kill it back in the day. But I was swept away by the cold charm, mysterious ora, and acts unpredictable cruelty put on by Mads in this series. Mads really absorbed and transformed himself into this character in the most incredible way possible. The character Will had to grow on me. He's clearly the highly sensitive empath in this series, playing a lead role opposite Dr. Lector. It may take a while to warm up to his extreme, sometimes overplayed, empathetic gifts and traits. By the time you do, you would have watched many episodes displaying how this gift works, and why Will has the special job of working side by side with top detective Jack Crawford, played by the great Laurence Fishburne. It is a joy to watch Lawrence on screen, though his character in this series may not be all that likable. Either way, he's good and his problems at home are relatable and will give you a heavy heart. In Law & Order Style, the main plot runs alongside several cases involving serial killers on every strange level imaginable. Season 1 is 5 stars. Season 2 is where they almost lost me and the reason I took off 1 star. I wanted to take off 3. The show writers start to produce pretentious dialogue, uppity crap that turned me off. Every conversation between Dr. Lector & Will during therapy sessions are full of boring over the top philosophical quotes. And forget about Dr. Lector's sexpot psychiatrist who speaks in this low, annoying, faked out seductive voice no matter the context of the conversation. I really wanted her character to die. No luck there. You will suffer watching her to the last moment. Just ridiculous. The second problem was some of the serial killer storylines were just plain ole silly. The relationships between the main characters at times threw me off because so much happened it didn't make logical sense how they could still work together or speak at all. At some point all trust would be broken, so a lot fantasy there. Next, the story starts to bounce back and forth between imagination, dreams and hallucinations to the point where it takes away from the original flow. I almost gave up because it felt like the editors were showing off their special effect skills, like placing characters in a different setting than where they were actually speaking an so on, instead of letting the show play out the way it started. This cinematic confusion went on for many episodes, causing me to fast forward past many scenes. But then Tara from True Blood showed up and that kept me watching. I love her. She plays a great part in the last season - and it gets interesting again. I started getting a strange gay vibe between Will & Dr, Lector so I have no idea what that was all about. Considering Lector's a psychopath I guess it makes sense for him to dominate Will in sexual intensity as well as mind games. The last episode was pretty good but the ending was definitely screwed up. I'm not sure what message they were trying to send with that one. In a way I'm glad its over. It's worth the watch if you're into the blood and gore. There's plenty of it to go around in this series. Lastly, Dr. Lector is scary and all the way up to the last moment he got is way, but you'll have to get into the psychology he played on Will to really understand this statement. He's sneaky, unpredictable, void of empathy, and cannot be outsmarted because the average person does not think like the devil. There may even be a lesson here - Let it go, because you will not win with a true & intelligent psychopath. On the other hand, there probably is no such thing as a Hannibal type. Thank God for that. Otherwise, it's really good - nothing like it has been done before as far as I know.
Sep 16, 2020A great experience in horror thriller. Very mental, artistically darker than noir. Unique.
Sep 04, 2020If you like weird, psychological thrillers, then you will enjoy this! Lots of gore and I can't tell you how many times I screamed out WTF!
Aug 30, 2020absolute must see!! you will never get bored, not even for a moument, hannibal is very complicated but you will always anderstand it.
Aug 28, 2020"This is my design." So says Will Graham, a professor turned FBI consultant who specializes in profiling the mindset of serial killers. Hannibal, based on the novel Red Dragon, serves as a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs", in which Anthony Hopkins portrayed the titular cannibal. Here, Hannibal Lecter is played by Mads Mikkelson, whose performance is more subtle and downplayed than I was expecting. He is more observant and cunning, only occasionally playful. Although we miss a more openly charismatic performance, Mikkelson wins us over with a manipulative and psychologically challenging characterization. It is Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter who work together as specialist and psychiatrist tracking down serial killers, aided by their boss, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishbourne) and Dr. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas). Away from crime scenes, Graham reluctantly becomes Lecter's patient; he suffers from some form of autism or empathy disorder complicating his mental state. Bloom is concerned for her friend but Crawford is slow to learn the fragility of Will's mental state. From there, the show mostly becomes a grim and brutally disturbing police procedural, undone in part by unnecessary convolution of its long-term story arcs. Dancy never goes wrong as a troubled, obsessive, but brilliant investigator. He is repulsed by killers but is perhaps addicted to the thrill of unraveling homicidal psyches. The show's best scenes are between Graham and Lecter as they solve one grotesque and psychologically complex case after another. They way they theorize, speculate, interact with each other, it is clear these two are experts on motives and compulsions, and have their own personal histories coloring their perceptions. In an early scene, we see Graham in Lecter's office, standing on a landing above Lecter, refusing to accept analysis and therapy. But the dynamic changes as Graham accepts treatment and Lecter's schemes continue to unfold. I must confess I was never thoroughly engaged by the plot so much as I was invested in the tension Dancy and Mikkelson brought in every appearance. Although there is some interest in the mystery of catching killers and even more interest in the brooding and violent atmosphere, the experience of watching the cases proceed one-by-one was comparatively lackluster in the presence of Graham and Lecter. At this moment in time, I must have seen a dozen procedurals at least partially that have the same structure as Hannibal. Hannibal is too similar to familiar cop procedurals and too slow for the cases to be constantly intriguing on their own. It doesn't help that by the end of the season, the story is so muddled I couldn't tell you precisely what Lecter was up to and why. Among the exceptions is Eddie Izzard's performance as an imprisoned mass murderer who is manipulated by the ghoulish Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza). In spite of the complicated story, the season builds up to a satisfying climax that builds on its character dynamics. The show's tone is surprisingly consistent with "Silence of the Lambs" while nurturing its own ideas. The dialogue is piercing and honest in the same manner that earned "Silence" its Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Many locations involve places like West Virginia and FBI headquarters. There are FBI agents with the usual armory we associate with action shows, but the story is undoubtedly horror. The biggest difference between the two is Will's nightmares, which are inflamed by the darkness around him. Many scenes from his point of view are hallucinogenic and kafkaesque. What becomes alarming to both Crawford and Dr. Bloom is how he can visualize murder scenes and sympathize with motives. To say Will can easily visualize crime scenes is an understatement; it is exactly like how one would imagine real life in reverse. In a nice modern addition, we get more subjective and fragmented editing instead of POV shots that "Silence" had. As a show, I can imagine it improving on its current issues or repeating the formula of the first season. This is an unremarkable show sometimes containing remarkable characters and atmosphere.
Aug 17, 2020My favorite season from Hannibal, it was so great I wish I could erase it from my head to watch for the first time again.
Aug 17, 2020This show is without any doubts one of the greatest shows ever made. Everything about it is exceptional from the writing to the acting to small details you only catch after a rewatch.
Aug 16, 2020An awesome season, can't say the same about the rest but I couldn't fault this one. I wish they would have caught him at the start of the 2nd season, then showed his journey through prison for the rest of the 2nd season. The 3rd season was unnecessary
Aug 15, 2020At first it felt boring for me until I actually got the incredible ride this was going to lead. This show is superior in so many different aspects I can not even explain. Sublime!