so my girlfriend and i (along with two of our friends-linda-really smart nursing major-and liam-one of messiah’s star tennis players and champion of the number two spot for doubles) have been watching the hannibal lecter movies. there’s anywhere from 3 to 5 movies in this series (depending on who you ask). In order of chronology (not release date) it goes: hannibal rising, manhunter/red dragon, silence of the lambs, and hannibal. the ones we’ve seen so far are hannibal rising, red dragon, and hannibal. now, i’m not going to say much about each movie because to do so would give away the plot and that’s not nice to do. i’m posting about these movies because i was talking about them at work and people wanted me to blog about what i thought. so here it goes.
understand that i am not a horror movie junkie. i actually hate horror movies. i like the funny movies…like austin powers or cars…that’s more my speed (no pun intended). so i entered this series quite skeptical and honestly fearful.
after seeing 3 of the movies, i have no problem saying that these are truly excellent movies. granted, the subject matter is quite disturbing…and is not suited for everyone. i feel that the gruesome factor has been overplayed and has unfortunately turned people away before even trying to watch one of these movies. i will probably watch these movies no more than one more time in my life, but i am happy i saw them.
completely speaking from the theatrical aspect, these movies (though more so the anthony hopkins movies, thus eliminating hannibal rising) are excellent. anthony hopkins played an excellent hannibal lecter…classy but distrubed. the acting in general is superb and if you look at imdb, the awards speak for themselves.
in terms of subject matter, yes, it is somewhat disturbing. if you don’t know the plot or the general premise of the movies, check imdb and they’ll fill in the blanks. despite the disturbing plot, there is a lot that kept me drawn to these movies. perhaps it’s because the plot visualizes the unthinkable side of the human mind. i think it goes deeper than that though. deep down, as is seen particularly in the last movie, there is love in the heart of hannibal lecter (though grossly misplaced and horribly expressed). i really don’t know how to explain my feelings toward this character after watching 3 of the movies. if you truly watch these movies i think, you will feel this inexpressible perception of hannibal as well. not hate. not love. perhaps compassion…or sympathy.
all i can say is that these movies are worth seeing if you can stomach them. there is much we can learn about childhood abuse (physically and emotionally) and it’s effects later on in life. though there comes a time when we must own our actions (as hannibal must), we must also not forget the power of abusive childhoods.
hannibal movies w/ anthony hopkins: 4 out of 5 nalgenes
hannibal rising: 3 out of 5 nalgenes