as the Chianti jokes have died down, and the ominous slurping
sounds friends repeatedly left on your answering machines have
ceased, the amiable doctor returns. And what extremely patient
little human appetizers we all have been, awaiting to see what
Herr Doctor Hannibal Lecter would serve up for us in his Silence
of the Lambs sequel...
Hannibal doesn't disappoint. I know people are already
whining it's not as scary as the first...well, that's true.
How could it be? Partly because we already know what's in store
for us with the intellectual ripper. And partly because we are
so desensitized to the whole genre these days...But, I assure
you several scenes in this deliciously tasty horror will have
you squirming in your seat and covering your eyes in the armpit
of your companion for fear of "seeing to much."
Blunt Hint: Be sure to pack your MPB (Movie Puke Bag) for the
final scenesyou're gonna need it!
story goes...Clarice (Julianne "I saw Ralph Fiennes naked--I
really did!" Moore) has heard from
Hannibal, again. He's sending little notes- just to say "told
you so" Seems Clarice has had a bit of trouble in her
post at the FBI and she's about to be served up to the press
as a sacrificial lamb if you will... Hanny just wants
her to know he's there for her.
slithering boss Paul (Ray "I don't wanna freakin' talk
about GoodFellas Okay!!!" Liotta) Krendler is incahoots
with someone hell bent on "getting" to Clarice. Get
Clarice, get Hannibal...
least that's what Paul's evil puppeteer, Mason ( Gary "as
sicko as ever" Oldman) Verger reckons. Mason's setting
an elaborate trap for poor totally suspecting Hannibal.
Mason was Hannibal's fourth victim and only survivor...Of
course survivor is a strong word. Mason is too vile a
human to feel an ounce of semi-bad for . He's a raping pedophile
Hannibal had been court appointed to. Hanny was actually doing
the world a favor -attempting- to rid the earth of this heinous
man. But he failed, and it's now Mason's life mission to hunt
down Lecter at any cost and produce a human haggis (of
sorts) from the man. And Hannibal's the deranged one...
Mason guy oozes with a particularly strong scent of Eau de Creepay
folks! Think, quintessential Boogie Man. Sleeping is going to
be tough this week.
this Mason ? Hannibal has been found? Thanks to his peculiar
tastes in hand creme? In Florence? A semi-crooked cop Pazzi
(Italian favorite Giancarlo Giannini) has managed to parlay
a true matching (17 points) finger print off the old boy and
tip of the angry fetus faced victim.
wanna take on Hannibal do you Mason? Okeedoekee, he's coming
out of hibernation.
but just who's hunting whom? Hmm? And dear Clarice has always
held a very special part of Hannibal's heart...Will he come
to rescue her from her awful ongoing scandal? Mmm, could be.
read the book, I will say, I found the David Mamet script's
ending much better. An ending you'll have to see for
Liotta, who is looking extremely handsome these days, plays
the sexist Paul Krendler, crooked FBI guy, purrfectly. His final
scenes will go down in the history books of horror as some of
the most repulsive special effects frames ever preserved onto
film too bold a statement see Hannibal and
get back to me... Since the "work" on Ray's face he's
become a a double order of properly seasoned manbeef. Scrumptious!
Oldman is barely recognizable here. Argh. But, even under
all his makeup the actor shines through. Gar's done some fascinating
albeit whacko work. If, for some ungodly reason, you're
not familiar with him go here,
rent Sid and Nancy and then peruse from there
a must see actor...Enjoy.
Moore did an admirable job in the shoes of Clarice. She had
that same gollygee- I'm an officer- and just gonna go by the
book sir- at what ever cost, attitude Jodi Foster brought to
the original role. Her accent wasn't as Holly Hunter annoying
either. Admittedly the new Clarice was disturbing for the beginning
of the film, in a switching of the Bewitched Darrin's
way you know that unsettling feeling one gets when a major
character in the story is suddenly not the same except
no one in the story seems to notice? Of
course we were all ready for this rude switch-a-roo as the press
made such a stinkfest over Foster poo-pooeing a reprise of her
role. Julianne did just fine. Check out End
of the Affair for more Julianne in action-and of course
Ralph Fiennes' naked.
there's our scene and liver stealer, Hannibal...The Sir
Anthony Hopkins. There are a handful of sexy older actors...Tommy
Lee Jones, Sean Connery, Jack Nicolson, Brian Dennehy and Mr
Hopkins. With Hopkins it's all in his brilliant eyes. Though
he's probably best known as Hannibal, Hopkins is a consummate
actor as comfortable in the role of the human steak connoisseur
madman, as playing a writer destined to pen a child's classic
(C.S. Lewis) or beneath some make-up in a quality version of
Quasimodo. Versatility and talent wrapped in a nice sturdy package
Get out and see this. Hannibal is one crispy kidney of
a sequel with some tasty morbid bits to keep you engrossed in
epicurean conversation for months to come. The way a real
horror movie should!
Recommendation: Braised Bolognese Belly, Ray Style Sweetbreads,
of course, chilled Chianti served in crystal flutes.
Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Giancarlo Giannini
by: Ridley (Glad he ate her) Scott